On 22 September, Dr. Supachai attended the 29th Annual Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China. In his statement
, the new UNCTAD Secretary-General recalled the “intertwined history and goals of the Group of 77 and UNCTAD” and the fact that “development is the chain that links UNCTAD and the Group of 77”.
Only a few days after the conclusion of the World Summit, and the adoption of its Outcome Document, Dr. Supachai shared with the Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 his preliminary assessment of the results of that historic meeting. He highlighted the fact that “UNCTAD will have to consider how the issues [contained in the document adopted by the Heads of States] fit into UNCTAD current programme of work”, and urged members of the Group of 77 to be actively involved in the process.