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Ban ki –moon Call to work together for a better world

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The Liberian United Youth for Community Safety and Development, INC.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Fred C Johnson LUYCD representative of LUYCD to LDCs Conference in Istanbul from 7-13 may 2O11.
Ban ki –moon Call to work together for a better world
Secretary General of the united Nations (UN) Ban- ki moon has called upon the world community to work together to make this world better for all.
The UN chief made the call while launching the civil society Forum (CSF) of the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) formally at Istanbul Congress Centre on Sunday .He termed the civil society as a Key partner in the development process in the LDCs.
Addressing the function, Nepalese Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal said a vibrant civil society constitutes an important pillar of a just, inclusive, stable and prosperous society.
Turkish Foreign Minister Prof Aahmet Davutoglu said the civil society and non governmental Organizations (NGOs) are crucial partners for LDCs in their development endeavors.
Agreeing with the Global civil society report and recommendations, he said development paradigm must change as the dominant approaches to development has failed the world’s poorest citizens, A genuine partnership is needed he added.
The Turkish Minister termed NGOs as key partners in the quest to achieve peace and prosperity for all nations and countries, regardless of their circumstance, region, ethnicity or religion including NGOs, local governments and the private sector, in development efforts, our success in reaching the MDGs and climate change goals will be elusive, he observed.
LDCs spent $6.03 billion every year for debt servicing. In many LDCs, more money is spent on debt servicing than on essential services like healthcare, drinking water and energy. European and other developed countries have themselves recently experienced the consequences of high levels of debt. Therefore, cancellation of all LDC debt has become imperative in order to enable LDCs in investing more on essential services of most vulnerable people of the world.
In this backdrop, the fourth UN Conference on the least developed countries (LDC IV ) being held in Istanbul must adopt a new program of Action (POA) for LDCs for next decade built on three fundamentals as follows,
1. That the past three decades of development have been marked by an increase in the number of LDCs from 24 to 48 countries. Only three LDCs have graduated during this period.
2. That LDCs are being severely impacted by three crises that they have had no role in creating crises of the financial system, the climate system and the food

3 That the world has changed and that the policies of the past will not work in the future. New thinking and new approaches are needed. This is my report from LDCs Conference Mr. Fred C Johnson Chief Executive Officer LUYCD luycd2003@yahoo.con

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