“Even before the pandemic, many of the least developed countries were off track in achieving Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and have limited capacity to tackle complex challenges such as climate change or food insecurity,” said Csaba Kőrösi.
“However, this year’s Ministerial Conference is of special significance because it comes against the backdrop of a whole host of interconnected crises unfolding around our world.”
‘Do not waste time’
While noting that such external shocks have “affected people’s lives, reversed decades of development progress, and destabilized governments around the world,” he also pointed to “The good news” that we have the tools at our disposal to encourage conversions.
The Doha’s Action Program – adopted in March in the first part of the “hinge” Fifth UN Conference on LDCs – provides an important blueprint for them to weather the impact of global crises, says Kőrösi.
He continued: “It outlines the path for least developed countries to build resilience and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, but” to get there – we must work together to ensure the Doha Action Program is implemented”.
“There is no time to waste,” he added.
Everyone must contribute
LDCs must do their part and, in turn, development partners must follow through on their explicit commitment to the Doha Action Agenda, he continued.
As the most vulnerable countries are struggling to solve global problems not of their own making, the senior official said “Now is the time to unite and support“.
“The 77th session will be key to shaping the future we want.”
For his part, Mr. Kőrösi pledged that the agenda of the LDC will remain a priority during his presidency.
Step up, spread
At the start, the Chairman of the Council shared his intention to reconnect Advisory Board open to LDCs, landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDSs) for substantive input into their needs and priorities in the context of General Assembly processes and events.
Also, it will focus on Sendai Frame to “create a planet more resilient to disaster”.
“In all these efforts, Integrated risk assessment, knowledge and management is essential“, he said, pledging to “fully assist” in ensuring that those events are well-prepared and lead to tangible results.
‘A moment of global danger’
Secretary General António Guterres acknowledged via video message that the meeting took place “at a time of global risk” with which LDCs are “bearing the brunt”.
From conflict to climate catastrophe, unchecked poverty to rising inequality, and the global financial system’s fight against underdeveloped countries, the Doha Action Agenda reminds us that Global recovery depends on these countries getting the support they need,” he said.
The UN chief advocates for “bold investments” in health, education and social protection systems; financial architecture reform; job creation, especially in digital, care and green economies; gender equality for girls and women; and support to end dependence on fossil fuels and kickstart the renewable energy transition.
“Sustainable development can’t wait‘ he reminded.