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UN summit adopts 10-year plan to help lift developing countries out of poverty

The action plan calls for a greater role for the private sector, more aid to poorer countries and the removal of unnecessary trade barriers.

Ban urges poor nations' leaders to create conditions for economic development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged leaders of the world's poorest countries meeting in Turkey to agree on a common position and send a strong political message to the rest of the world on the importance of investing in the least developed countries to eradicate global poverty.

Half of world’s poorest countries can escape poverty by 2020 – UN

Half the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) can “graduate” out of their impoverished status within 10 years if they benefit from better targeted development aid, duty- and quota-free access for exports and doubled farm productivity and school enrolment, according to a United Nations report released today.

Unchecked globalization driving international migration – UN official

Although globalization carries with it enormous benefits for least developed nations, growing disparities in the standard of living and level of human security are driving workers from the world’s poorest countries across borders in search of better opportunities, the United Nations representative for least developed countries has said.

Poorest countries need coordinated aid to meet Millennium Goals – UN envoy

The world’s poorest and least developed countries need concerted assistance to overcome their socio-economic challenges and reach agreed internationally agreed development by 2015, the United Nations advocate for those countries said.

Senior UN official urges attention to least developed, landlocked and small island States

A senior United Nations official has issued a strong call for renewed attention to the world's most vulnerable groups of nations - least developed countries, landlocked developing countries (LDCs) and small island developing States.

UN remains committed to helping least developed countries, Annan says

The United Nations family remains strongly committed to helping the least developed countries (LDCs) overcome the formidable obstacles they face, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today to a meeting of government officials from the world's poorest nations.

Senior Bangladeshi diplomat named UN envoy for poorest nations

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has appointed a new special envoy to act as a focal point in UN efforts to support the world’s poorest countries, a UN spokesman announced today.

Annan proposes measure to spur UN action to help poorest countries

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended the establishment of an Office of the High Representative to deal with the world's poorest nations, as well as landlocked developing countries and small island States.

UN conference adopts action plan to help world's least developed countries

Nearly 200 governments participating in a just-concluded United Nations conference in Brussels have committed themselves to fighting poverty in the world's poorest countries while improving the lives of the 600 million people there.