Saturday, 20 March 2010

International support for world’s poorest nations must not waver – UN official

The progress made over the past decade in lifting the world’s most vulnerable nations out of poverty has been undermined since the global recession began, according to a senior United Nations official, who urged rich countries not to renege on their commitments to support the poorest of the poor. “We don’t think that the prevailing crisis should be an excuse to not continue international support in favour of the least developed countries (LDCs),” Cheick Sidi Diarra, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, said in an interview with the UN News Centre.
“We want to see the international community maintain the level of commitment and the level of enthusiasm it showed when we were adopting the Brussels Programme of Action,” he added, referring to the outcome document adopted at the 2001 UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
The 10-year plan outlines measures to be taken by both industrialized nations and the LDCs themselves to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.Read the whole story

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