In August 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed GYAN CHANDRA ACHARYA as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. A former Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Acharya also served as Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations. He served as Chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Group of Least Developed Countries since 2009 leading to the successful conclusion of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries and the follow-up process. A passionate advocate of LDC rights, Acharya, 53, spoke to LDC NEWS on contemporary issues. Follows excerpts of the interview Continue reading
In the run-up to the WTO decision about whether to extend the TRIPS waiver to LDCs we are printing a series of articles explaining the importance of the waiver for LDCs. The first article is by LDC International Coordinator Arjun Karki, which lays out the arguments for maintaining the waiver.
Dr Arjun Karki
Civil society organisations have been working strenuously to persuade developed countries to extend the WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of the Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement
TRIPS exemption. LDC Watch in particular has been lobbying countries and organisations, such as the European Parliament, to agree. In this article, which originally appeared in MyRepublica.com, Dr Arjun Karki, International Coordinator of LDC Watch explains the background and the arguments behind the call for the extension.
I have been closely following the on-going trade negotiations in Geneva between the LDCs and developed countries, in relation to the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement. The negotiations are increasingly turning into a battle for justice for the LDCs. Continue reading
DHAKA, JUNE 4: Leaders of civil society right groups’ network EquityBD and VOICE on Tuesday demanded the cancellation of debt and creating democratic space for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) specially in international financial institutions like the World Bank. The demand was made at a press conference at the National Press Club to focus the lackings in the UN High Level Panel report on post 2015 agenda. Continue reading
Montevideo, May 30 Roberto Bissio: “Eradicating extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030” should be “central” to a new development agenda for post 2030. But initial reactions from civil society organizations were unenthusiastic. “Uninspiring” was a term frequently heard and one of the first comments (by German development economist Gabriele Koehler) is titled “more of the same, just prettier.” Another argued that “this is not business as usual, but rather putting business at the center.” Continue reading
Johanna Morden, 30 May: The report out today on the global blueprint for th post-2015 agenda is likely to kick off a phase of intense lobbying and negotiations, which may affect international cooperation — and the delivery of foreign aid — for years to come. Continue reading
24 March 2013: Civil society organisations met on March 23-24 just prior to the High Level Persons Group (HLP) to be held at Bali, and prepared the following statement to be presented to the HLP group. Continue reading
Juan Carlos Concepcion 04 March 2013
According to the World Bank, there is a $1 trillion shortfall in infrastructure spending across emerging market countries and, on average, only 50% of the necessary infrastructure investment is realized annually despite growing consumer and producer demand, with the East Asia-Pacific and South Asia regions most in need of infrastructure investment; the World Bank estimates $407 billion and $191 billion are required, respectively, to sustain economic growth Continue reading
Le géant indien Tata Steel a déjà investi 25 millions de dollars dans l’exploration du minerai de fer dans l’ouest du pays. Le projet, qui inclut aussi un chemin de fer, impliquera un investissement global de deux milliards de dollars. Continue reading