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G77 Kampala Summit Postponed over Coronavirus Threat

The much-anticipated G77 Summit planned for April, 2020 has been adjourned due to the Coronavirus spreading in different parts of the world.

Uganda was confirmed as the host for the high profile event in October 2019.

“Due to the corona virus pandemic and in consultation with the G77 member states, the Third South Summit that was to take place 16-19 April 2020 has been postponed to a later date this year,” said Uganda’s Ambassador to United Nations, Adonia Ayebare.

He said “pre-summit preparations will continue.”

The Group of 77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the south to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development.

Ayebare said in a Tweet that, “The summit was to take place in Uganda 16-19, 2020 , with 136 member states participating, a new date in 2020 will be communicated.”

At least 6,000 delegates were expected in Uganda.

The First and the Second South Summit were held in Havana, Cuba, on 10 – 14 April 2000 and in Doha, Qatar, on 12 – 16 June 2005, respectively.

In accordance with the principle of geographical rotation, the Third South Summit is due to be held in Uganda.

Uganda remains free from Coronavirus, according to the Health Ministry.

World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is now a total of 95,265 reported cases of COVID-19 globally, and 3281 deaths. 

In the past 24 hours, China reported 143 cases.

Most cases continue to be reported from Hubei province, and 8 provinces have not reported any cases in the last 14 days. 

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