Adopting Declaration, political leaders, representatives reaffirm commitment to Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries

Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries, Plenary – 5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM) ‘Need to Foster Progress across All Sectors’ Underlined at Midterm Review While the world’s poorest 48 countries had made headway in reducing poverty and improving well-being, without “robust” support to help...

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UN conference on least developed countries opens in Turkey to assess progress made since 2011

A United Nations conference focused on the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off today in Antalya, Turkey, to assess these 48 States’ progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development. “Least developed countries have seen significant progress and are a major...

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Global community meets to assess progress of Least Developed Countries at major United Nations event

High-level officials from around the world have gathered in Antalya, Turkey, today to assess the progress of the world’s least developed countries and their path to sustainable development.  The event is set to discuss the lessons learnt over the past five years and assess ways forward, highlighting that global peace and...

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Despite uneven progress, Least Developed Countries have much upon which to build, Secretary-General tells High-Level Midterm Review Conference

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, delivered by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, to the opening of the Comprehensive High-Level Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action, in Antalya, Turkey, on 27 May: I am pleased to convey my greetings to all those gathered...

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“We have an opportunity in the next 15 to 20 years to really change our world”– UN envoy for the least developed countries

Starting on Friday, the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) of the world will be the focus of a global United Nations conference in Antalya, Turkey, that aims to review their progress over the past five years. In 2011, the international community adopted the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) which charts...

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Ban appoints governing body of ‘technology bank’ for least developed nations

Ahead of a major United Nations conference on priorities for the world’s least development countries (LDCs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of members to a governing council that will provide support towards the operationalization of a proposed Technology Bank for those vulnerable nations. In a note to correspondents...

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Civil Society Forum for Least Developed Countries asks international community to stick to its pledges to support poorest countries

London/Kathmandu: Hundreds of civil society representatives will be gathering in Antalya, Turkey at the end of May telling the international community to fulfill the pledges they made in 2011 to help Least Developed Countries (LDCs) lift their populations out of poverty. The Civil Society Forum, hosted by LDC Watch, an...

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Global community urged to reaffirm commitment to enhance support to world’s poorest ahead of major UN meeting for Least Developed Countries

The international community was urged to stand by its commitments to support the sustainable development of the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries at a press conference in New York today. The call comes as high-level officials from around the world, Least Developed Countries and their development partners prepare for a...

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Host Country Agreement Signed for Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action

On 4 May 2016, Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya and H.E. Mr. Y. Halit Çevik, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations officially signed the Host Country Agreement for the upcoming Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action to be held in Antalya, Turkey (27-29 May, 2016). With preparations for...

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Co-Facilitators Issue Draft Political Declaration for IPoA Review

The co-facilitators of intergovernmental consultations for the high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have issued the zero draft outcome document for the Review meeting. The draft recognizes that LDCs have made significant efforts towards achieving the objectives,...

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Co-Facilitators for the LDC Mid-Term Review Announced

The co-facilitators, who will oversee and direct informal inter-governmental consultations for the Mid-Term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action have been announced. Bénédicte Frankinet, the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations and Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin to the United Nations have...

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Unlocking potential of least developed countries must be litmus test of Global Goals – Ban

1 October 2015 – The world’s poorest nations not only face vast challenges, they represent enormous reservoirs of untapped potential, Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon stated today, adding that unlocking this potential will be the litmus test of the new global sustainable developed agenda. Addressing the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Least...

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