Foreign Minister accepts G77 Chairmanship on behalf of Thailand

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BANGKOK – The Foreign Minister has traveled to the UN Headquarters in New York and accepted the G77 Chairmanship for 2016 on behalf of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai attended the inauguration ceremony for Thailand to assume this year’s G77 Chairmanship.

Today on January 13th, the previous G77 Chairman, South Africa, passed the torch to Thailand, which must now speak on behalf of developing countries in the United Nations. This honor is a first for the Southeast Asian country.

Thailand will use this opportunity to expound the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy for the purpose of advancing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were deliberated at the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015, held in New York from September 25 – 27.

The Group of 77 is the largest intergovernmental organization in the UN, having expanded to 134 nations but retaining its original name.