On May 27, in the Turkish city of Antalya, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Ashikbayev participated in the conference on the Midterm Review of the High level regarding the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDC).
The conference participants discussed the issues regarding problems of the 48 Least Developed Countries as well as analyzed the measures taken over the last five years on the road to sustainable development and barriers that stand in the way.
The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, the UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Developing Countries, Landlocked Countries and Small Island Developing states Gyan Chandra Acharya, as well as approximately thousand delegates from governments, international and regional organizations, civil societies and the media also took part in the conference.
During his speech Mr. Ashikbayev noted that our country fully supports many initiatives that are implemented in the framework of this particular review and he noted Kazakhstan`s role in providing aid to LDC states, including the aid provided jointly with the UN Development Programme. In particular, as an example he mentioned the training programme of Afghanistan`s specialists in the best universities of Kazakhstan.
The participants of the conference will take part in the midterm review of the Istanbul Declaration and the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries. Istanbul Declaration and Programme of Action – is a ten year plan for the sustainable development for this category of states- was adopted at the fourth UN conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul in 2011.
In this regard, it affirms that everyone has a right for development and secures the willingness of the international community to fight for this right to become a reality in the Least Developed Countries.
During three days the participants of the Conference in Antalya will discuss the issues regarding the reduction of poverty, levels of child mortality, promotion of gender equality, access to the internet and mobile communications. Delegates will analyze economic reforms in the LDCs.
The category of Least Developed Countries was officially defined by the General Assembly in 1971. Today this group includes 34 African states, 13 Asia and Pacific states, as well as Haiti.
In addition, within the framework of the conference Mr. Ashikbayev held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Minister of Trade of Gambia, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and others.