Saturday, 30 November 2013

LDC Ministerial Conference in Lima focuses on the world we want in 2015

LIMA, 30 November 2013 - “From the Istanbul programme of action to the world we want in 2015 and beyond: Implementing the UNIDO operational strategy” is the theme of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Ministerial Conference that opened in Lima today.

The two-day event brings together more than 250 participants, including ministers from LDCs in charge of industry, representatives of relevant UN agencies, regional economic commissions, emerging countries’ institutions, donors and private sector entities. The event will help promote the implementation of partnerships that will bring sustainable livelihoods and inclusive welfare for LDC’s citizens.

It seeks to leverage various potentialities and mechanisms available in the domain of private sector and SMEs development, productive capacity building, trade and employment. In cooperation with Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and other emerging countries, the event will also help implement the UNIDO LDC Operational Strategy 2012-2020.

“This conference will bring us a step closer towards the implementation of the Istanbul programme of action endorsed in May 2011 at the Fourth United Nations Conference on LDCs in Istanbul, Turkey,” said LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO.

He added that, since 2000, the world has made great strides in alleviating poverty but much more still remains to be done. “Some 1.3 billion people are still struggling for food and shelter, and most of them are unfortunately from the Least Developed Countries. My conviction is that poverty eradication should remain the central imperative. Therefore, a radical shift in development strategies and partnerships should be considered as the top priority for LDCs to make a significant leap forward,” said Director General Li.

“It is increasingly evident that the need for inclusive and sustainable industrial development is more crucial than before for the LDCs. Support for the Least Developed Countries will continue to be a main priority of UNIDO and the Organization will adapt itself in offering quality services to its Member States in a tailored and balanced way.”

“The conference will encourage emerging as well as traditional donor countries to develop strategies to support the effective implementation of the UNIDO LDC Operational Strategy by 2015 and beyond, promote the critical role of South-South cooperation in the LDC development efforts, and actively engage countries in the implementation of the UNIDO LDC Strategy,” said Li.

The Ministerial Conference includes sessions on “The role of BRICS and other emerging economies for inclusive sustainable growth of LDCs” and “South-South industrial cooperation: The role of southern enterprises in Least Developed Countries”. 

The conference will also provide an opportunity to explore the role of the women in the overall agriculture value chain approach in the Least Developed Countries. A session will be dedicated to the specific role of women in LDCs under the theme: “Converting commodities into products: the role of women in LDCs”.

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Bashir Conde
UNIDO Africa Programme
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