refers to special needs of Least Developed Countries"
30 June, GENEVA - In his address to the High
Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council on the Theme of
Rural Development, the Secretary General, Kofi Annan, made reference
to the special needs of the Least Developed Countries.
addressing the issues of trade and the upcoming Doha Development
Round, he stressed that: "Of course, even a successful outcome
on trade will not mean that developing countries can manage without
aid and debt relief. This is especially true of the Least Developed
Countries". Referring to the theme of the High Level Segment,
Mr. Annan pointed out that, "rural development means focusing
on the least developed countries, in accordance with the Brussels
plan of action, whose progress you will be reviewing for the first
time here". The first annual comprehensive progress report
of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Brussels Programme
of Action is to be presented at this year's ECOSOC substantive session