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Thursday, 05 May 2011

Making progress on ending global poverty

On a European tour as part of the preparation for the 4th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), to be held in Istanbul from 9-13 May 2011, UN Secretary General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Cheikh Sidi Diarra from Mali, met members of the Development Committee in early March at the European Parliament in Brussels. MEP Eva Joly (Greens) and Development Committee chair, in welcoming her guest stressed "the new partnership that is developing between LDCs and development partners", adding that it was in Brussels' European Parliament that the Third UN Conference on LDCs was held in 2001. Joly further announced that her committee will be sending a delegation to the next conference, to emphasize the important role that the European Parliament and national partners can play in addressing the vulnerability of the LDCs that are facing economic, energy, climate and food production crises. Before an expert audience comprising African and European diplomats and observers, Cheikh Sidi Diarra thanked MEPs for their willingness to participate effectively in the Istanbul conference, before delivering a speech designed to raise awareness of the challenges and expectations related to the 4th Conference on LDCs (LDCs 4), the central theme of which will be the struggle against poverty.

Source: New Europe