‘LDCs’ actions must be supported by strong and effective international development cooperation’ Gyan Chandra Acharya

In August 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed GYAN Acharya1CHANDRA 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

LDCs, TRIPS and Justice

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

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

Bangladesh rights groups demand debt cancellation and more global participation for LDCs in Bretton Woods institutions

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBDDHAKA, 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

LDC Watch says report on post-2015 agenda ignores needs of LDCs


LDC Watch Board meeting

LDC Watch Board meeting

LDC Watch said today that the just-published  High-Level Panel (HLP) Report on the Post-2015 development agenda is deeply disappointing for LDC civil society. While setting the ending of extreme poverty as a core objective, and an aspiration to ensure every person achieves a basic standard of well-being, it ignores existing agreements that focus particularly on the world’s poorest and most marginalised LDCs.

United Nations: Goals for 2030 – putting business at the center

 SocialwatchlogoMontevideo, 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

Lobbying to begin on post 2015 global development agenda

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

The AfDB’s Compelling Case for Africa’s Structural Transformation

AfDB image23/04/2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s 2013 Annual Meeting take place from 27-31 May in Marrakech, Morocco. The meetings of the AfDB and of the African Development Fund (ADF) will be held under the central theme of “Structural Transformation in Africa.” Continue reading

Despite MDBs heavy spending, emerging economy infrastructure remains underinvested

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