The first day of talks at the Group of 77 meeting in western Fiji has focused on the economy, climate change and women and children.

Chaired by Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the G77 is the United Nation's biggest voting bloc, consisting of 132 developing countries, including China.

The summit opened on Tuesday at a resort in Natadola, with several leaders from the participating nations delivering opening addresses.

The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, and Vanuatu's Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil have spoken about the need for greater cooperation on climate change.

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, from the United Nations Population Fund, has emphasised the need for a people-centred economic model, where women and children take centre stage.

Dr Noeleen Heyzer, from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, has called for more investment in skilled training.

She says this is vital as South-South trade currently makes up one-third of the world's trade.

Recommendations from the two-day talks will be presented to the G77 Foreign Ministers Meeting in New York in September.

 

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