London roundtable to discuss how to ensure LDCs benefit from the SDGs

Acharya1London, 23 June 2014: The UN Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya for Least Developed Countries, (UN-OHRLLS) is flying to London to head a roundtable discussion on 24 June on the ways to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015 Agenda benefit the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).The current list of LDCs includes 48 countries: 34 in Africa, 13 in Asia and Pacific and one in Latin AmericaThe meeting will also look at ways to assess the extent to which the Millennium Development Goals have benefited the LDCs. While many countries have seen progress in the goals – there have been fewer maternal deaths in childhood, better primary education and health services, and a drop in HIV/AIDS – how far have there been improvements in the world’s poorest, most vulnerable countries.

The roundtable, which is to be held at the Overseas Development Institute, one of the UK leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. in London, will bring together the major players – the UN-OHRLLS, the ODI, the UK government: DFID, and two civil society organisations: LDC Watch, and the LDC News Service.

 

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