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Global Community Must Prioritize LDCs In Development Agenda

Inter Press Service: Opinion: FFD Must Deliver for Least Developed Countries
Gyan Chandra Acharya, under secretary general and high representative for the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states at the U.N.

“…Despite the aspirations of the post-2015 development agenda, it must be recognized that the goals and targets will be fully and effectively realized only if we make them inclusive of all. … Adopting the right vision is key, but implementation is what makes all the difference. … Currently most of the aid distributed in the world does not go to the poorest countries. As the global community meets in Addis, least developed countries are calling for commitments that would channel the equivalent of at least 50 percent of net overseas development assistance to LDCs by 2030. The world has not only a moral responsibility to ensure that the most vulnerable are sufficiently supported, but also to track where aid spending is going in a transparent and accountable manner. … These countries have the potential to make powerful contributions to a stable and peaceful global order based on shared prosperity…” (7/10).

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