President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner led on Tuesday in New York the 34th G-77 annual meeting to celebrate Argentina's appointment as the group's chairmanship.
She stated that her country is filled with pride and responsibility and highly praised her administration, as well as heavily criticizing the UN Security Council. Previously, she had held a meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
While delivering a speech to celebrate her country's taking over the G-77 United Nations coalitions of developing countries, Mrs. Kirchner assured the United Nations Security Council needs to set a more consistent system for peace and security goals to be achieved. Thanks to this statement, she once more claimed for Palestine to be included in the United Nations as a member-state.
The new world panorama has G-77 countries and China as protagonists, however, among multilateral decision systems our countries bear no representation, she criticized.
The Head of State devoted herself to thank the United Nations for electing Argentina to be the head of the Group of 77 and stressed that she feels responsible for bringing the people's voice into the group, as well as assuring her country was filled with pride and responsibility for the choice.
Mrs. Kirchner started her speech by talking about the 2001 crisis that hit the country and highly praised the way in which Argentina came out of it.
Earlier, Argentine Ambassador to the UN, Jorge Argüello, said this appointment would allow for Argentina to provide a clear, necessary role in the arena of international politics.
The diplomat added that the country's new role within the organization would allow for it to overcome the sad isolation that had inflicted the country ever since the 2001 economic crisis. We were the spoilt little country of the IMF, she said.
Our country's appointment was supported by all Latin American, African, Asian and Arabic countries. This means that we will be able to fully represent 132 developing countries, and by being part of the G-20 and the G-77, we will be able to address G-8.
Argentina's chairmanship in the G-77 will begin in January 2011, the same month in which France becomes chairman of the G8, so we will be able to have a bilateral dialogue with it, he explained.
He highlighted several international challenges that are expected to be addressed in the international forum, such as climate change, the UN budget, and the fundamental cooperation among states in the Southern Hemisphere.
The diplomat remarked that it was UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who suggested Argentina should become the chairman country of the G-77, since he believes our country can help find consensus between the G-20 and the developing world.