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* Sri Lankan President joins world leaders at G77 Summit
Sun, Jun 15, 2014, 01:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 15, Santa Cruz: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday joined leaders of over 130 developing nations and China, which is participating as a guest, at the opening session of the Group of 77 (G77) plus China summit in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Bolivia's President Evo Morales inaugurated opened the Group of 77 plus China summit Saturday evening.

Heads of state and government representatives from more than 130 member countries attend the two-day summit under the theme, "New World Order for Living Well" seeking to eliminate poverty and bring a new world economic order.

President Rajapaksa is due to address the summit today.

The G77, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, was established in 1964 by 77 States. It now includes more than 130 countries, some two-thirds of the UN membership, and over 60 per cent of the world's population.

China is not a G77 member but participating in the summit to strengthen its trade relations with Latin America.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris accompanied the President to the opening session of the Summit of the Group of 77 and China (G77+China).

The summit concludes Sunday with a first draft of the post Millennium Development Goals, a set of UN goals that are approaching their 2015 expiration date.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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