Reference for the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC)
Chapter 1: BACKGROUND
The Accra Declaration of the Non-Aligned
Movement (NAM) adopted at the Tenth Ministerial Meeting of the Movement (Accra, 2-7
September 1991) expressed a need for a bridging institutional arrangement between the
Movement and the G-77 so as to enhance collaboration, avoid duplication of efforts and
provide for greater efficiency in the attainment of common goals and objectives of the two
The Ministerial meeting mandated the
Committee on Methodology to carry out a study of the modalities for reaching agreement
between the NAM and the G-77 for the introduction of a system of periodic meetings of a
Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC). The purpose of the meetings would be to exchange
views, harmonise activities, develop strategies and coordinate positions aimed at forging
common goals and objectives for the developing countries. The Group and the Movement
believe that an important function of the JCC would be to facilitate the harmonization and
coordination of the activities of the two bodies in the economic and social fields within
the context of South-South and North-South cooperation.
The Ministerial Committee on Methodology
recommended to the Tenth Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned
Countries (Jakarta, 1-6 September 1992) that the Joint Coordinating Committee should be
cantered in New York and should revolve around the Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau of
the Non-Aligned Movement and the Chairman of the Group of 77.
The Heads of State or Government of the
Non-Aligned Movement endorsed the establishment of a Joint Coordinating Committee of the
Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77 in order to enhance collaboration, avoid
duplication of efforts and provide greater efficiency in the attainment of Common goals of
the developing countries.
The Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77, on
the occasion of their sixteenth annual meeting in October 1992, welcomed the NAM proposal
for a JCC and entrusted the Chairman of the G-77 with the task of conducting consultations
with the Chair of NAM.
The Eighth Meeting of the IFCC in Panama (30
August - 3 September, 1993) reiterated the need to harmonise the activities carried out
under APEC and CPA and endorsed the proposal to establish a JCC. The IFCC mandated the
Chairman of the G-77 to continue his consultations with the Chairman of the NAM
Coordinating Bureau in order to formalise the establishment of the JCC during 1994. To
this end, the IFCC agreed with the proposal to convene a joint meeting of an ad-hoc group
of officials representing, respectively, the Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau of NAM
and the G-77, in order to establish the terms of reference of the JCC and to draw up a
specific work programme for further consideration by the competent bodies of G-77 and NAM.
The 17th Annual Meeting of the Ministers of
Foreign Affairs of the G-77, 5 October 1993, endorsed the recommendations of the IFCC to
operationalise the JCC during the 1994.
Following the consultations undertaken by
the Chairman of the Group of 77 and the Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau of NAM, it was
concluded that both the NAM and the Group of 77 believed that the JCC could play an
important role in accommodating the functions of harmonisation and coordination of the
activities of the two groupings in the economic and social fields within the context of
South-South and North-South cooperation.
Chapter 2: OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE JCC
The Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) of
the G-77 and NAM based in New York has the following objectives and functions:
(a) To identify critical elements of issues
under discussion of importance to the South and to make recommendations to the G-77 and
the NAM so as to maximise the impact and effectiveness of the developing countries in
(b) To make recommendations, both general and
specific, on how best to harmonise the strategies derived from the Group of 77 meetings
and the Non-Aligned Movement in areas of common interest both the South-South and
(c) To initiate recommendations regarding the
coordination of issues related to the South-South and North-South spheres that would then
be considered by the Coordinating Bureau of the NAM and the Group of 77.
(d) To achieve such coordination and
harmonisation, the JCC should work towards mutual reinforcement, complementarity,
cooperation and the avoidance of unnecessary duplication of work between the Non-Aligned
Movement and the Group of 77. Such coordination would include, among others, common
interests such as the implementation of APEC and CPA.
Chapter 3: COMPOSITION AND THE CHAIRMANSHIP
The composition of the JCC membership should
be as follows:
(a) The current Chairmen in New York of both
the Group of 77 and the Coordinating Bureau of the NAM as well as the Chairmen of the
immediate past and future, if the latter has been identified.
(b) The immediate past, present and immediate
future host countries of the Intergovernmental Follow-up and Coordination Committee (IFCC)
on Economic Cooperation among Developing Countries and the Standing Ministerial Committee
on Economic Cooperation (SMC) of the NAM.
(c) The Chairmen of the regional groups within
the Group of 77, for the current month, that are from the developing countries.
The JCC should be co-chaired by both
Chairmen of the G-77 and NAM. However, the arrangements could be left up to the discretion
of the Chairmen themselves.
In the event that a member of the JCC is
both the holder of the current Chairmanship or of the immediate past Chairmanship of
either the NAM or the Group of 77, that member should serve in a dual capacity.>/li>
Chapter 4 : MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES
The JCC meeting should be held at the
Ambassadorial level. The JCC could also be convened at the Ministerial levels as
The JCC should meet regularly in New York.
Scheduling of meetings should be drawn up by the Co-Chairmen at the beginning of each
calendar year and endorsed by the JCC.
The meetings of the JCC would be open to
interested Members of the NAM and the G-77.
Recommendations of the JCC should be
submitted for consideration to both the Coordinating Bureau of the NAM and the G-77 in New
York for their endorsement.
The Committee should meet prior to the
United Nations General Assembly sessions and other United Nations conferences if deemed
There should be regular meetings between the
Chairmen of the Group of 77 and the Coordinating Bureau of the NAM in New York.
The Annual report of the JCC should be
submitted to both the NAM Coordinating Bureau and the Group of 77.