The Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) ended a few days ago in Doha (Qatar) engaging member states to accelerate the implementation of the Doha Programme of Action, a ten-year plan aimed at allowing the world most vulnerable countries (note: 46 in total) to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A special focus was addressed to reduce the poverty conditions of those communities, extremely affected by covid-19, climate change and social inequalities. Monaco reaffirmed its full support to the cause through a targeted delegation composed of Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of External Relations and Cooperation, and Wilfrid Deri in charge of the Mission. While attending the summit, from the 5th until the 9th March 2023, they pointed out the key points dear to the Principality: supporting local civil society and involving young people as well as women to foster sustainability and inclusion. Encouraging STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), also through online platforms, providing mitigation facilities and resilience-building measures were some of the key issues debated within the various panels.
The international summit, named "From Potential to Prosperity", pursued the objective to create the conditions for concrete change to improve the lifestyle of 1.2 billion people living in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Rabab Fatima, Secretary General of the Conference and UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, pointed out: « The commitments made this week are a true embodiment of global solidarity and partnership and will pave the way for a new era of international cooperation ». Those areas urgently need to express their potential being supported by developed countries.
In particular, the Official Development Assistance of the Princely Government is granting Development Assistance to some territories considered as prior beneficiaries of the cooperation policy. In fact, 70% of the official aid is allocated to seven: Niger, Burundi, Mali, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Senegal and Mauritania.
The Conference also offered the chance to facilitate bilateral meetings between the Principality and some other countries, already in its network or potential new partners. The overall outcome was remarkable: 5,000 participants attended the LDC5, including 47 Heads of State or Government and 130 Ministers and Vice-Ministers. ***
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