Bhutan at the high level midterm review conference in Turkey
Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, led Bhutan’s delegation to the high- level midterm review conference for the Istanbul Programme of Action for the least developed countries (IPoA) in Antalya, Turkey from 27 to 29 May 2016.
The conference will assess the implementation of the IPoA by the least developed countries (LDCs) and their development partners. It will also reaffirm the global commitment to address the special needs of the LDCs.
The IPoA for the Decade 2011 -2020 was adopted by the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in May 2011 . It charts out the vision strategy of the international community for the sustainable development of the LDCs for the decade with a strong focus on developing their productive capacities. The overarching goal of the IPoA is to overcome the structural challenges faced by the LDCs so that they can eradicate poverty and achieve internationally agreed development goals. The IPoA specifically aims to enable half of the LDCs to meet the criteria for graduation 2020.
The Royal Government will share its national experience in the implementation of the IPoA, highlight progress, and challenges in its efforts to achieve the IPoA objective. Bhutan will call for strong global partnership for development of the LDCs and for reaffirmation of global commitments to the implementation of the IPoA. Lyonpo is expected to participate in a number of related events.
The conference is being held pursuant to the decision of the UN General Assembly. The three-day Conference will produce an outcome document in the form of a political declaration. Bhutan is engaged in the inter-governmental negotiations on the outcome document.