Karl P. Sauvant

Karl P. Sauvant is Resident Senior Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Founding Executive Director of that Center. He retired from UNCTAD in 2005 as the Director of UNCTAD’s Investment Division.  This text draws on Karl P. Sauvant, The Group of 77: Evolution, Structure, Organization (New York: OCEANA (now: Oxford University Press), 1982).

The immediate interests and specific negotiating priorities of many of its many members—the great number in itself makes it difficult to achieve consensus—are different from those of the others. The individual countries differ vastly from one another with respect to their cultural, ideological, political, and economic systems.