The Collected Document of the Group of 77 (1995)

The Third Word Without Superpowers: Special Anniversary Edition (Volume XX)

Since its inception in 1964, the Group of 77 has served as the principal organ of the Third World for articulating and promoting its collective economic interest. In the performance of this function, the Group shaped large parts of the international economic program of the Third World and the substantive context of the international development discussions.
        Most of these discussions and negotiations and, hence, the activities of the Group of 77, take place in the framework of the United Nations system. In fact, the Group of 77 was formed at the first United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva in 1964, which is still its principal focal point of activity.  From there, it branched out to other parts of the United Nations system, especially the United Nations in New York, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Washington and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.
        In spite of its obvious importance, the Group of 77 has no constitution.  it also has no secretariat which could serve as institutional focal point and provide substantive backstopping. It is multi-central in character, with each of the centers having developed independently in response to different circumstances and with communication among the various centers being often imperfect.  The informality of most of the Group's arrangements also reflects the need to maintain a high degree of organizational flexibility in order to be able to cope with new developments of its individual members.
        In the absence of a constitution and a secretariat, the only place from which this infrastructure -- and perhaps, even more importantly, the substantive contents of the Third World program -- can be gleaned are the documents adopted over time by the Group of 77 in its various locations.  The amount of material that has been generated in this manner since the inception of the Group is truly voluminous.  But because of this informal, multi-central character of the Group, no depository exists which would have drawn together these materials, let alone would have made them available to the public
        This is precisely the purpose of the series, The Third Word Without Superpowers: The Collected Document of the Group of 77. The publication series comprisis 20 volumes with 11,947 pages of documentation.

For more details see PrefaceTable of Content and Reviews.


"A comprehensive source of the group's major documents, agendas, proposals, reports, declarations, rules of procedures and plans."  American Journal of International Law

"This compilation will prove to be a useful research tool."  International Journal of Legal Information 

" students of the Group of 77 and its often arcane activities are again indebted to the assiduity of the editors and the continuing support of the publishers..."  International Affairs

Editor: Joachim Müller, Karl P. Sauvant 

Publisher: Oceana Publications

ISSN:  1046-2066 (Series II)
Volumes issued in the publication series The Collected Document of the Group of 77:
Volume 20; Anniversary edition; year issued 1995, 815 pages, ISBN:  0-379-01151-4
Volume 19; year issued 1993; 626 pages, ISBN: 0-379-01150-6 
Volume 18; year issued 1993; 608 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00987-0 
Volume 17; year issued 1993; 645 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00985-4
Volume 16; year issued 1992; 567 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00984-6 
Volume 15; year issued 1991; 532 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00983-8 
Volume 14; year issued 1991; 526 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00982-X 
Volume 13; year issued 1991; 647 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00981-1
Volume 12; year issued 1991; 657 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00980-3 
Volume 11; year issued 1990; 579 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00979-x 
Volume 10; year issued 1989; 573 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00978-1
Volume 9; year issued 1989; 574 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00977-3
Volume 8; year issued 1989; 531 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00976-5
Volume 7; year issued 1989; 578 pages, ISBN: 0-379-00975-7