|Donors and world’s poorest nations to assess anti-poverty efforts
New York, 5 September 2006: Development partners and representatives from the world’s 50 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will gather on 5-7 September in New York to put the final touches to preparations for the upcoming midterm review of the Brussels Programme of Action (Brussels Programme) for the LDCs, a 10-year comprehensive results-oriented poverty reduction strategy.
Adopted in 2001, the overarching goal of the Brussels Programme is "to make substantial progress toward halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and suffering from hunger by 2015 and promote the sustainable development of the LDCs". The Programme of Action contains 30 international development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.
The goal of the three-day expert meeting is to take stock of achievements made five years into the PoA and formulate recommendations as the action plan enters its final leg over the remaining five years.
A two-day high-level meeting will then take place on 18 and 19 September. The purpose of this midterm review is to:
- assess progress in the implementation of the Programme;
- provide an occasion to reaffirm agreed goals and objectives of the Programme;
- identify existing obstacles and constraints, as well as measures to overcome them and to further the implementation of the Programme;
- identify best practices and lessons learned;
- identify new challenges and emerging issues; and
- provide an opportunity to renew the commitment of the LDCs and their development partners to the Programme
Who: Donor countries and Least Developed Countries
What: General Assembly Preparatory Meeting of Experts for High-level Meeting
Where: UN Trusteeship Council
When: 5-7 September 2006