13 May: New Action Programme Vows to Halve Number of LDCs by 2020
Slashing by half the list of 48 States with the most extreme poverty and vulnerability to crises is the goal of a new 10-year action plan agreed by the world’s Governments at the conclusion this evening in Istanbul, Turkey, of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries. Countries at the Conference, which opened on 9 May, reviewed progress in implementing the foundational Brussels Programme of Action, launched by Governments in 2001 in response to the profound challenges facing a stricken population of some 880 million. The Brussels plan introduced good governance principles, among others, into the relationship between the least developed countries and their development partners and was widely seen as a results-oriented comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for the decade.

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