Asia-Pacific LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS call for placing their priorities at the centre of the Post-2015 development agenda
Least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small islands developing States (SIDS) of Asia and the Pacific, have called upon the international community to place their priorities at the centre of the post 2015 development agenda, in a meeting jointly organized by ESCAP and the UN Office of the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.
In a Bangkok Declaration adopted at the meeting, they expressed concerns over declining trends in official development assistance (ODA) to their countries and sought “additional financial and technical assistance to overcome our development challenges”.
“We call upon all our development partners to fulfill their commitments, take decisive action and accord high priority to the poorest and the most vulnerable countries, that are finding it most difficult to make progress despite their best efforts, with a view to accelerating the implementation of MDGs in the remaining two years,” it added.
Opening the meeting, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, Gyan Chandra Acharya pointed out that these groups of countries were lagging behind in most of the MDGs. “Lack of stronger support rendered MDGs an unfinished business for the most vulnerable countries. We don’t want this to be repeated in the case of future development goals.”
In his statement at the meeting, ESCAP Deputy Executive Secretary Shun-ichi Murata stressed: “As the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS are the single most vulnerable group of countries in the world, requiring intensified international support for the last big push as well as during the next decade and beyond, it is highly imperative that their perspectives, their development aspirations are fully reflected in the Post-2105 development agenda.”
Globally, more than 47 per cent of the population of LDCs, 32 per cent of LLDCs and 30 per cent of SIDS lives below $1.25 per day, a large proportion of these people being in the Asia-Pacific region. The food, fuel and financial crises of recent years and recurring natural disasters have set back development gains in several of these countries.
“We propose the adoption of a single and unified, but differentiated and inclusive global development agenda, which will address the severity of the challenges faced by LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS,” the countries stated in the Bangkok Declaration.
The Bangkok Declaration will be submitted for endorsement by the annual regional development policy forum of Asia-Pacific countries during the 69th ESCAP Session here next week.
The 69th Commission Session of ESCAP under the theme, “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises” will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 25 April to 1 May. The annual Session comprises two parts: the Senior Officials Segment from 25 to 27 April in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, which will be held from 29 April to 1 May.