Funding vital to enable developing countries overcome challenges – Dinesh
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena reiterated the call of the Group of 77 for adequate funding for development initiatives, to enable developing countries to overcome the challenges hindering the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 44th annual meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 was held virtually on 12 November. The interactive dialogue was held on the theme ‘Major priority issues and the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the obstacles it poses to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the SDGs’.
A video statement, noted that Sri Lanka’s commitment to achieving the SDGs was reflected in the appointment of a Working Group to study the status of the implementation and progress of the SDGs. He further underscored the platform provided by the Group to developing countries in promoting collective interests on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system and in promoting South-South cooperation for development.
‘The Presidential Task Force in charge of Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication operates with the objective of creating a production economy promoting local industries. The Government has granted financial relief to over six million families and vulnerable groups and established a COVID–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. We underscore the priority of making available a vaccine for COVID-19 to all. It is essential that we address the issue of climate change, finance the green economy, and mobilise collective efforts on environmental protection,’ it further noted.