G77 and China Summit Begins in Cuba

Havana, September 15, 2023 - The Summit of the Group of 77 (G77) and China began today, Friday, in the Cuban city of Havana with the attendance of delegations from a hundred countries, more than thirty of them represented by heads of state or government.

After receiving the heads of delegations at the Havana Convention Palace, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel delivered  the opening speech that preceded the intervention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres.

"Thank you for accepting the invitation that today unites us in defense of the future," said the Cuban leader, who affirmed that the Group has the intense responsibility of representing the interests of the majority in the international arena.

Díaz-Canel detailed the problems faced by developing countries, which, he said, seem destined to live off the "crumbs" that the current financial system has earmarked for them.

"The Global Development Initiative, promoted by the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, is an inclusive proposal consistent with the need for a new fair and equitable international order," he stressed.

He called on the countries of the Group to fight "for our right to development, which is also our right to exist as a species."

"It is up to the South to change the rules of the game (...) with the right that we have as the great majority of the Group of 77, the main victims of the current multidimensional crisis that the world is suffering (...) we demand the pending democratization of the system of international relations", he affirmed.

Former Cuban President Raúl Castro is attending the session in which about 90 speakers are registered, which according to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, guarantees a high-level debate, with forceful pronouncements on pressing political and economic issues.

(From Prensa Latina)

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