Raúl and Evo were greeted affectionately upon arriving at the public gathering, the Plurinational Social Encounter of the Peoples

The Declaration of Santa Cruz, approved by participants in the G-77 +China Summit, established the eradication of poverty as the principal objective and purpose of the post-2015 UN development agenda, reported Bolivian President Evo Morales. Raúl and Evo were greeted affectionately upon arriving at the public gathering, the Plurinational Social Encounter of the Peoples Morales indicated that the final text produced during the two-day meeting of heads of state includes 242 points of agreement directed toward a new world order for better life. The declaration emphasizes the problem of inequality, a situation which has been aggravated by the unsustainable patterns of production and consumption in developed countries, Morales commented, according to ABI. Also rejected in the document are national laws with extra-territorial implications, as well as classifications and lists unilaterally issued in regards to terrorism, illegal drugs and trafficking in persons, while in another section of the document, solidarity was expressed with Cuba and Palestine, as well as Argentina, with respect to the Malvinas. Morales commented that the peoples of the world are anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist, as a consequence of the exploitation to which they have been subjected. During the Summit discussion, Venezuelan President Ni­colás Maduro said that the G-77+China organization is “a powerful tool in the construction of a multipolar, multi-centric world,” and supported the Bolivian proposal for the creation of an Institute of the South for comprehensive decolonization of our countries, and the development of a new agenda for the coming decades. President Cristina Fernández from Argentina said that urgently needed is the establishment of a new world order - a more inclusive, secure one which is respectful of the environment, and free of financial practices which have led to a global economic crisis. Participants in the G-77 plus China Summit She asserted that the G-77+China must express its opposition to extortion, the domination and generation of fictitious funds, since this model has become systematic and compromises economic stability and the development of production in the majority of countries, with the greatest impact on underdeveloped nations. The Argentine President expressed her support, as did other G-77 leaders, for a reform of the UN Security Council, and denounced the unilateral fashion in which decisions of international interest are made by this body. She described as shameful the reality that colonial enclaves continue to exist well into the 21st century, and thanked the G-77 group for its solidarity in support of Argentine sovereignty in the Malvinas. As an example of Latin American peoples’ commitment to the values of liberty, democracy and independence, Fernández emphasized Cuba’s support for Angola’s independence struggle, in particular. Another President from the Southern Cone, Uruguayan José Mujica, spoke during the Extraordinary Summit, warning of the penetration of a “subliminal culture which tends to colonize our minds and hearts.” “It is a very dangerous trap and goes beyond the power of armies and technological advantages,” he said, while also calling attention to the paradox of the current era characterized by great industrial development and formidable discoveries, but also devastating crises. Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President of El Salvador, advocated for the eradication of poverty and a new world order, to allow for better life, saying that no corner of the planet should lack basic services for its people. He described the U.S. blockade of Cuba as anachronistic and denounced the hostile policy which has continued for more than 50 years. VOICES FROM AFRICA, ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST The President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, called for greater cooperation within the G-77 plus China, to promote the development of trade, including, in his opinion, new trade agreements which could benefit member countries. President Epeli Nailatikau from Fiji called for unity within the G-77 to assert its strength, saying, “For developing countries, the G-77 +China has shown itself to be the organization with the most policies reflecting our collective interests.” Speaking on the final day of the Summit, the President of Fiji - which preceded Bolivia in the organization’s presidency - insisted that unity, solidarity and joint effort should remain fundamental to the Group. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (left) addresses Summit, with President Mujica from Uruguay pictured center. Sri Lanka was also represented at the Summit by its President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who urged the 133 member countries of G-77+China to prioritize the elimination of hunger and poverty in the organization’s post-2015 agenda, while President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe called for reform of the world’s financial system dominated, he said, by monopoly institutions such as the IMF and World Bank. Mugabe commented that the more rigorous monetary norms of these financial institutions only appear to apply to less industrialized countries. The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, advocated for an end to the monopoly created by developed countries, which does not meet the needs of impoverished nations. Hage Geingob, prime minister of Namibia expressed his support for a new, more just world order, while calling on developing countries to work toward economic independence. He thanked Cuba for its contribution to the defeat of South African apartheid troops in Angola, which made possible Namibia’s independence in 1990. His counterpart in Swaziland, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, praised the important role played by the organization in supporting development of less-industrialized nations, and improving the living standards of people in these countries. Iran’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri called on those present to work together to reach the goals of equality, justice and development, and expressed his country’s full commitment to the objectives chosen by the Group of 77 plus China, and to those established by the Non-Aligned Movement. Also addressing the Summit on its final day was Luwellyn Landers, South Africa’s deputy minister of International Cooperation and Relations, as well as the vice president of China’s People’s Assembly, Chen Zhu, who called for unity among all countries within the bloc, to develop a common position in debates on the United Nations post-2015 development agenda.