High Representative for vulnerable countries welcomes Government of Turkey’s contribution to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries


New York: UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and SmallIslandDevelopingStates, Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra on Thursday lauded the Government of Turkey for its contribution to the upcoming Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011.


As the host of the LDC IV Conference, Turkey donated US $ 2 million towards the preparatory process.  The funds are expected to lay the groundwork for the multi-tiered meeting in Istanbul, which will comprise the crucial intergovernmental segment, a parliamentarian caucus and an ambitious private sector and civil society forum.


Some 6,000 participants, including Heads of State and Government, parliamentarians, key private sector players and civil society are expected to attend the five-day global gathering, which is a major undertaking of the United Nations and a significant milestone on the international organization’s calendar next year.  


 “This is indeed a heartening gesture especially in the prevailing economic climate in which we find ourselves. With so many competing pressures, the Turkish contribution is an encouraging sign that emerging economies can play a productive role in support of the LDCs and the challenges they face,” Mr. Diarra said.


Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations underscored Turkey’s ongoing engagement with the group of 49 LDCs. Turkey is determined to make the 4th UN Conference on the LDCs a success. We trust that the Conference will create a new momentum with renewed commitments, reinforced partnerships, concrete action and predictable and targeted development assistance which responds to the needs of the LDCs and their country-specific challenges” Ambassador Apakan said.


Mr. Diarra called on other Member States to follow suit, highlighting that “a successful outcome of the Conference in Istanbul next year is in the interest of all countries and not just a handful of vulnerable countries.”



For further information: Ricardo Z. Dunn, Public Information Officer, Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS): Tel:(917) 367-6006 / dunn@un.org