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United Nations, New York, 9 May 2011

President Deiss at the LDCs Conference in Istanbul

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, is participating in the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9 to 13 May 2011.

In his speech at the opening ceremony on 9 May, President Deiss stated that the Conference represents a unique opportunity to make a real difference for the development of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). He called for a renewed and strengthened partnership of the international community to support the LDCs that are undertaking reforms.

President Deiss assured that the General Assembly would take the necessary steps in the follow up and the monitoring of the implementation of the Istanbul Program of Action. The General Assembly is expected to adopt a resolution on the Program of Action.

On 8 May, President Deiss addressed civil society representatives during the opening ceremony of the Civil Society Forum at the LDC-IV Conference. He underlined the key role of civil society in conveying the aspirations of the people and in having a checks and balances' role.

On the same day, he also addressed the LDC Leaders Summit, calling for resolute and effective leadership for the development of the LDCs. The President of the General Assembly also participated in several events of the Private Sector Track of the LDC-IV, during which he delivered a strong message in favor of putting in place sound institutions to further promote a business environment favorable to investment and job creation.

In Istanbul, the President of the General Assembly had a series of bilateral meetings with Heads of State, Ministers and High-level Representatives attending the Conference, including H. E. Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic as well as H. E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey. President Deiss also met with H.E. Jhala Nath Khanal, Prime Minister of Nepal and Chair of the LDC Group.

Topics discussed included the expected outcomes of the LDC Conference and the content of the Istanbul Program of Action, as well as global governance, including United Nations reforms, and other issues on the agenda of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly.