The last 1000 days : How to accelerate progress in the least developed countries ?

September 17, 2013, Paris

On the occasion of the 6th World Forum Convergences that was held on 17, 18 and 19 September 2013 at Palais Brongniart (Paris), Patrick Guillaumont participated to a round table on MDGs in LDCs organized on Tuesday 17 September.

Less than 1000 days away from the deadline for the Millenium Development Goals, and two years after the adoption of the new Action Programme for the Least Developed Countries (LDC), how far advanced are the MDG in developing countries, and especially in the LDC? In this group of countries, characterized in particular by structural weakness, almost half of the population still lives in extreme poverty and nearly one third are undernourished. Nevertheless, can we see some improvement? What are the causes for these delays? Why do some countries develop better than others? How can we accelerate progress in the others? What part do economic growth, social policies, good governance and international assistance have to play?

Taking part in this round table :  Pascal Canfin, French Minister Delegate for Development, Xavier Godinot, Delegate to the MDGs at ATD Fourth World, Mahmoud Mohieldin, in charge of MDGs at World Bank, Patrick Guillaumont, President of Ferdi;  Claire Melamed, Head of programme Growth, Poverty and Inequality at ODI will moderate the workshop.

Launched in 2008, Convergences is the first platform for thought in Europe that aims at building new convergences between public, private, and solidarity-based actors to promote the Millennium Development Goals and to alleviate poverty and privation in developed and developing countries.

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