The handover ceremony for the chairpersonship of the G77 & China – Rome Chapter was held on Mar. 14 local time. Ambassador Guang Defu, Permanent Representative of China to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, attended the ceremony via video conference and delivered remarks.
Ambassador Carlos Bernardo Cherniak, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, has completed his term and handed over the chairpersonship to Ambassador Yousef Juhail, Permanent Representative of Kuwait. Ambassador Coly Seck, Permanent Representative of Senegal, has assumed the role of new vice-chairperson. Heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and World Food Programme (WFP) delivered remarks online. Later, when each member state had an opportunity to speak, Ambassador Guang congratulated Ambassador Juhail on being elected as the new chairperson of the G77 & China and Ambassador Seck as the new vice-chairperson. He said China will, as always, firmly support the work of the G77 & China.
Guang enthusiastically commended the work of Ambassador Cherniak during his chairpersonship. He pointed out that global food and agriculture have run into severe challenges over the past year, and developing countries have faced all kinds of extraordinary difficulties in propelling transformation of agri-food systems and achieving post-pandemic economic recovery. As the chairperson of the G77 & China – Rome Chapter, Ambassador Cherniak actively participated in meetings of FAO, IFAD and WFP, united and led developing countries in strengthening their voice, firmly safeguarded the common interests of developing countries, and made outstanding contributions to building consensus and promoting solidarity among developing countries.
Guang said global governance of food and agriculture is undergoing profound changes. As the largest cooperation mechanism for developing countries, the G77 & China shoulders a special responsibility for safeguarding the common interests of developing countries in global food and agriculture governance. The G77 & China should further enhance solidarity, actively study policies and coordinate positions in global food and agriculture, carry on the fine tradition of building consensus to the greatest extent possible, strengthen the “collective bargaining power” of developing countries, and speak with a common voice.