President Sisi's speech before FMs 42nd annual meeting of the Group of 77 States
Sunday، 30 September 2018 - 02:19 PM
Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine State,
Madame Maria Espinosa, Head of General Assembly,
Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Ministers and Heads of Delegations,
Firstly, I would like to welcome you at this high level meeting of the G-77. This year for the third time in the history of the group, Egypt assumed its presidency. Although in the mid-sixties, Egypt took the lead in the founding of this group, it is still in the forefront of supporters of the Movement. The principles of the Egyptian foreign policy include the promotion of cooperation among the Southern states in order to make the international order more fair and that the priority to eradicate poverty is the main objective of our common efforts to promote human dignity and move our citizens to overcome poverty and look forward for sustainable and equitable development.
The rapid political, economic and technological transformations taking place in all walks of life represent a turning point. The effects of these changes will affect the lifestyle of our contemporary world and our countries and peoples, representing 80% of the world's population. In this context, we have all noted the availability of the internet and mobile phones raised communication and trade growth and the consequent emergence of new services and jobs, but we all know that access to those technologies that became essential is not equal. Access to emerging technologies as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and biotechnology, is more difficult, which indicates that the technological gap between North and South on one hand and inside the state itself must be handled on the other one.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The key challenges facing developing countries is meant to provide jobs to young people in productive sectors, especially with the growing role of emerging technology and the impact on the labor market. Therefore, the group needs to define a common vision on this issue and raise it to the international forums to preserve the interests of developing countries, taking into account the economic and social consequences of unemployment, especially for youth.
Therefore, the Egyptian presidency of the Group showed interest in the issue of emerging technology and how to use it for development. The purpose was to motivate the Group to discuss and deal with these issues, as well as to investigate ways to ensure that technology is not used for inequalities between peoples or inside societies, but rather to correct the imbalances and thus helping us achieve the sustainable development of our peoples. Egypt hopes that the group will pay particular attention to these issues in the coming period.
In this context, we must agree that we continue keen on our priorities and the necessary development in key sectors such as health, education, food, water and energy, so that we look to application of technology-based on the ground in the above fields. We must be very careful to benefit from the technologies that create new jobs not eliminate the existing opportunities. A collaborative approach based on exchanges of experiences between developing countries and facilitating cooperation between our research centers, companies and entrepreneurs to face the challenges of development, ensure use of technology for sustainable development and improve our productive capabilities and providing jobs, especially for young people.
As in recent years, our Group has contributed to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Plan 2030 by the United Nations General Assembly with its ambitious and broad objectives, emphasizing the centrality of development and the need to strengthen the efforts of the international community with a view to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and fulfil what they have not made. The G-77 must take a new initiative and collaborate with other players to start systematically approach emerging technology issues in the post-development world agenda in 2030.
I would like to refer to the issue of climate change and its challenge facing the developing countries in implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda. Egypt, being head of 77 Group, will negotiate on behalf of developing countries during the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in order to promote international efforts to implement the provisions of the Paris Convention on Climate Change particularly those related to mobilizing the funds, needed to support the developing countries' efforts to address the challenges of climate change, capacity building and technology transfer. I would like to mention Egypt's host of the 14th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm El Sheikh in November in order to tackle the efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your efforts to support principles of G-77 and the Egyptian presidency, and we will remain faithful to the pledge and principles we have together set up and worked for more than five decades since the founding of the group to achieve them.
Finally, I congratulate my brother, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, on Palestine’s assumption of the presidency. I can assure you that Egypt, and every member state will support the group and your presidency, which we are confident in performing wisely and effectively towards the interests of all the Member States.