Bhutan at the high level midterm re­view con­fer­ence in Turkey

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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.

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