AOSIS and G-77 denounce unilateral coercive measures at the Second Committee of the United Nations

New York, 5 October 2020. On 5 October, the Second Committee of the United Nations started its working sessions related to the 75th session of the General Assembly, with statements against the application and use of unilateral coercive economic measures, as a means of coercion and political pressure against developing countries.

During the general debate the Alliance of Small Island States, which comprises 44 islands of the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the China Sea and the African seas, strongly rejected the imposition of unilateral coercive economic measures against developing countries. Such actions, declared the Ambassador of Belize, Chair of AOSIS, are inconsistent with the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

AOSIS (English initials of the Alliance) availed itself of the opportunity to urge the international community to adopt urgent and effective measures to eliminate the use of unilateral coercive economic measures.

On the other hand, Guyana, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China (G-77 and China), composed of 134 nations from an original group of 77 countries that met in 1964 to coordinate common interests and positions, also expressed its strong rejection to the imposition of all forms of coercive economic measures, including unilateral sanctions against developing countries.

Likewise, the Group recalled that such actions undermine the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and international law and hinder development.

Cuba is a member State of both organizations.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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