“The graduation from LDC status is our legitimate aspiration and the international community cannot afford to remain silent when a large chunk of humanity is still grappling with dehumanizing condition of poverty and hunger,” said Ambassador Bairagi while addressing the 25th special session of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board.
Stating that LDCs is the special category of states in the UN system characterized by extreme vulnerabilities in every development aspect, Ambassador Bairagi emphasized that the LDCs require special consideration in all areas that relate to trade and development, and that UNCTAD has a special responsibility to assist LDCs in their development process.
He invited the UNCTAD membership to understand LDCs’ hardships and generously accommodate their concerns during the process of negotiation for UNCTAD XIII so that its outcome would do justice to the millions of poor in LDCs.
The Himalayan Times of 20 March 2012 reported that Ambassador Bairagi focused on the ongoing preparatory process for UNCTAD XIII and expressed his views on how the Conference can contribute to the realization of the renewed and strengthened global partnership for the development of LDCs as pledged in the Istanbul Programme of Action.
The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for the international community to reaffirm its commitment of global partnership for the development of LDCs, added Ambassador Bairagi.