UN wraps up conference on Least Developed Countries

13:48, May 14, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The UN wrapped up its five-day conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) by adopting the Istanbul Declaration and program of action for the LDCs for decade 2011-2020 on Friday.

Leaders from 48 LDCs and representatives from other countries stressed that solidarity and partnership with the poorest, weakest and most vulnerable countries is not only a moral and ethical imperative, but also an economic and political one, which serves long-term interests of the international community and the cause of peace, security and prosperity for all, according to the Istanbul Declaration.

However, the LDCs continue to confront high level of poverty and hunger, many of whom are affected by conflicts, criminal activities and transnational organized crimes, delegates said in the declaration. They underlined limited productive capacity, financial resources, weak and poor infrastructure remain big obstacles to the development efforts of the LDCs.

The declaration further read "we collectively commit to finding lasting solutions to the complex and mutually exacerbating challenges and problems of the LDCs. We are committed to assisting the LDCs with an overarching goal of enabling half of them to meet the criteria for graduation through the eradication of poverty and the achievement of accelerated, sustained, inclusive and equitable growth and sustainable development."

"Thus, we solemnly commit ourselves to implementing this program of action throughout the coming decade," the declaration added.

The conference, which brought together some 10,000 people including nearly 50 heads of state and government, 94 ministers and chairmen of 47 international organizations in Istanbul, also discussed revitalizing agriculture and guaranteeing food security and highlighted the need to deal with the adverse effects of the climate change.

The 48 least developed countries, including 33 African countries, 14 Pacific and one Latin American, have a total population of 880 million. They are struggling against chronical structural problems in their economy, development and human resources.

BRICS Leaders Meeting 2011
Japan in aftershocks

  Weekly review  
May 12   No winners in U.S. hi-tech export controls
May 12   China should view livelihood issues from strategic perspective
May 11   Syria will not be another Libya
May 06   Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to launch 10-day trial run
May 14   The week in pictures
May 11   2000-year-old wine unearthed in Henan province
May 11   Scientist: China plans to build lunar research base
May 09   Apple employee, customer reach settlement after Beijing iPad brawl
May 12   Wenchuan Reconstruction: 'Chinese miracle' impresses world
May 12   No winners in U.S. hi-tech export controls


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Al-Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden dead
  • BRICS Leaders' Meeting 2011
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Stars attend screening of "Wuxia" at 64th Cannes Film Festival
  • 80 killed in twin Taliban blasts in NW Pakistan
  • Massive rally held in Yemen
  • "Ultraman" premieres in Shanghai, E China
  • Chinese pair Zhang and Cao win mixed doubles title at table tennis worlds
  • Chinese premier to visit Japan's disaster-hit areas
Hot Forum Dicussion