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USG Diarra to lead UN Conference on least developed countries
16 July 2010 / 04:58

[Dateline: New York | Author: EOSG]

Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon has designated Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under Secretary General, Special Adviser on Africa and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, as the Secretary-General of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011.

Mr. Diarra will provide leadership to the preparatory process for the Conference. He will also coordinate United Nations system efforts and mobilise international political commitment and broad consensus on an ambitious and re-invigorated development agenda for the new decade in support of the least developed countries.

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 63/227 of 2008, the conference aims to comprehensively assess the implementation by the least developed countries and their development partners of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for Decade 2001-2010 adopted in Brussels in 2001 (the Brussels Programme). It will be an opportunity to reaffirm the global commitment to address the special needs of the least developed countries made at the major United Nations conferences and summits.  It will also be an opportunity to mobilize additional international support measures and action in favour of the least developed countries and, in this regard formulate and adopt a renewed partnership between the LDCs and their development partners.

To support the Conference, the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) recently launched a new website dedicated to the upcoming global gathering.

Developed in collaboration with the Web Services Section in the Department of Public Information, the primary mission of the website is to provide timely information, news and useful material pertaining to the Istanbul meeting.

Preparations for the Conference are in full swing, with activities at national, regional and global levels. It is an inclusive process involving a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including Member States, the UN system, other international organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector.

UN-OHRLLS has employed a number of social media tools for the Conference so that the UN family can stay abreast of the latest developments and upcoming events as we journey toward Istanbul.

To find out more about the topic, visit the website and browse around!