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26. January 2022

STATEMENT DELIVERED BY MS MONÉ DYE, ACTING MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY, PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, INTERVENTION G77 PLENARY – HANDOVER OF CHAIRSHIP, 26 JANUARY 2022, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Mr Chairperson Heads of the Vienna Based Organisations, Your Excellencies and Colleagues

First of all on behalf of the South African delegation allow me to wish all of you a blessed, prosperous and healthy 2022. Furthermore, we look forward to making 2022 a productive and effective year for our Group in all its engagements in the international organisations here in Vienna.

Secondly, my delegation wishes to thank Ambassador Alejandro Solano Ortiz, and the delegation of Costa Rica and the Task Force coordinators, for the excellent manner in which all of you worked together to steer our Group through 2021 and all the difficulties that we experienced. Under your leadership the Group was visible and impactful. The statistics you shared in your statement shows how busy your chairship was. Thank you also for the reflection on what we can do to ensure that our impact as a Group remains high and effective.

Thirdly, to our compatriot from our beloved Continent of Africa, Ambassador Farhane, we wish to congratulate you on your appointment as the Chairperson of the Group for 2022. As pointed out already, this Group is an essential tool for developing countries and its unity is instrumental in ensuring that our collective voice is heard and that we are impactful in our engagements in the international organisations here in Vienna; and we agree that a strong G77 directly contributes to the strengthening of the Vienna Spirit.

We wish you and your team all the best as you execute this important role. Please be assured of our continued commitment and support to the Group and to you and your team as you execute this important role.

Finally, Annemarie it would be remiss of us to not thank you for your support to us as a delegation.  Your in-depth knowledge and institutional memory will be missed as we move forward to ensure that the Group’s objectives are advanced. Moreover, we will miss your kindness and friendship. We wish you well for your future plans and wish you a restful retirement.

I thank you.

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