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27 May, 2016 00:00 00 AM
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Turkey hosts meet to today review sustainable development in LDCs

Implementation of 2030 agenda
Rafıqul Islam Azad from Antalya, Turkey
Turkey hosts meet to today review sustainable development in LDCs

A mid-term review of the implementatıon of the Istanbul Programme of Actıon (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is goıng to start in the Turkish tourist city of Antalya today. The three-day meet will aim to reaffirm the global commitment to address the special needs of the 48 LDCs, and to support these countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Several hundred delegates from the LDCs, including government representatives, parliamentarians, UN officials and civil society members, will attend the review. Other IPoA stakeholders, including representatives from the prıvate sector, multımedia organisations and academia, will also participate in the meeting to be held at Titanic Hotel Belek on the Mediterranean coast.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister, and Gyan Chandra Acharya, under-secretary-general and high representative for LDCs, landlocked developing countries and small island developing countries, will jointly ınaugurate the opening session this morning.
President of the United Nations General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft and UNDP adminıstrator Helen Clark are scheduled to address the inaugural session. Organisers said progress ın eight key areas of IPoA—productive capacity, agriculture, nutrition and rural development, trade, commodities, human and social development, multiple crises and shocks, financial resources and good governance in the LDCs—will be reviewed at the MTR.
The MTR comprises the Plenary and the round-tables, parallel events of the parliamentarians and civil society members as well as a series of side events.
In his welcoming message, Acharya said the MTR was taking place at a crucial time after the adaptation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
He added that it was an opportunity and “we should capitalize on the global momentum to bring about far-reaching and sustainable change in the LDCs”. Cavusoglu said the MTR would serve to reaffirm the global commitment to address the special needs of the LDCs made at the fourth UN Conference on the LDCs in Istanbul in 2011. The existing vulnerabilities and new challenges faced by the LDCs require comprehensive strategies, which should be implemented within the understanding of common responsibility and solidarity, he added.
Speaking at a ministerial pre-conference event yesterday, Bangladesh’s minister for local government, rural development and cooperatives, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, said the country has already entered the window of opportunity period as the dependency ratio has been declining since the 1990s.
He termed the optimum period between 2016 to 2030 as the turning point for investing in human resources and establishing other enabling conditions for the economic growth of Bangladesh.
The minister, who is leading a 16-member Bangladeshi government delegation, referred to different successes, particularly in achieving MDG targets coupled with greater access to healthcare services. “Bangladesh has made significant strides, both economically and socially, in the past two-and-a-half decades,” he said.
The country’s per capita income has grown at about four per cent annually in the past two decades, thanks to steady growth in GDP and fall in population growth. It met most of the MDG targets. “Poverty dropped markedly, while life expectancy, literacy and per capita food intake have increased… It is now transforming from a predominantly rural to an urban society,” Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said. Bangladesh ambassador and permanent resident in Geneva, Shamim Ahsan, Bangladesh ambassador and permanent resident in New York, Masud Bın Momen, and Bangladesh ambassador ın Ankara, Allama Siddiqui, were among the Bangladeshi delegates in the meeting. At a pre-conference event, Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh Limited, emphasised the need to take proper action based on the needs of the country for boosting investment opportunities.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of Coast Bangladesh is leading the civil society delegates from the country.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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