UN wraps up conference on Least Developed Countries

13:48, May 14, 2011      

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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.

 
 
     
 
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