On 29 September 2009, the Foreign Ministers of the Group of the Least Developed Countries met in New York. The meeting was attended by representatives from around 30 LDCs. H.E Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh chaired the beginning of the meeting. During the meeting the chairmanship was officially handed over to H.E. Sujata Koirala, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal for the next three years. The Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Africa and High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS delivered a statement underlining the impact of the ongoing financial and economic crisis on LDCs and the climate change challenge He also highlighted some gaps in the implementation of the Program of Action for LDCs for the Decade 2001-2010 and presented the progress in the preparation of the IV UN Conference on LDCs.
In their deliberations the LDC Ministers stressed that although there is an economic and social progress realized in LDCs, this progress is uneven and insufficient. More efforts needed to address the special needs of LDCs. They mentioned climate change and environmental vulnerability, trade facilitation, resource mobilization, technology transfer, food security and infrastructure development in rural areas as important issues for the forthcoming Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs to be held in 2011. The UNDP BDP Director’s statement focused on UNDP’s engagement in helping to prepare the IV UN Conference on LDCs, in supporting capacity development on trade, in strengthening South-South Cooperation, and in supporting the achievement of MDGs.
The Ministerial Declaration, which was adopted at the meeting, stresses the urgent need to address areas of weakness in the implementation of the Program of Action for LDCs for the Decade 2001-2010 and the continued precarious socio-economic situation in many LDCs.