NEW YORK, Thursday, April 18, 2019 (WAFA) – Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, chaired last week a series of high-profile meetings in the UN as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China.
During the meetings, Mansour stressed the importance of international trade as a catalyst for sustainable development, calling on some countries to reverse the coercive and unilateral economic measures by that have badly affected international trade.
He has also pointed to the danger of illegal cash flows and tax evasion, which has a significant impact on developing countries, especially African countries, where the volume of illegal cash flows is estimated at $200 billion.
Palestine took the presidency of the G77 & China by an overwhelming vote in October 2018 with 146 countries voting in favor, three opposed (the United States, Israel and Australia), and 15 abstaining was seen as a great advance for the Palestinian efforts to get international recognition.
The vote also elevated the legal status of Palestine at the UN to allow it to lead the largest UN bloc and represent it in all UN forums and events.