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High-Level Interactive Thematic Debate at UNLDC-IV

Theme: Reducing Vulnerabilities, Responding to Emerging Challenges, and Enhancing Food Security in LDCs


The event was intended to inform the new programme of action on how to help build the resilience of the LDCs to address vulnerabilities posed by climate change, natural disasters, food insecurity and external economic shocks. It considered:

• The most critical vulnerabilities faced by LDCs;
• How to integrate socio-political dimensions within the larger context of strategies for LDC development;
• What are the mechanisms that the new programme of action should incorporate;
• How to increase resilience to shocks by enhancing partnerships and collaboration.


H.E. Mr. Ahmed Naseem, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives

Keynote Speakers:
 H.E. Mr. Malam Bacai Sanha, President of Guinea-Bissau;
• H.E. Mr. Mehdi Erkel, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Turkey;
• Dr. Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Uganda and LDC Eminent Person.

Lead Discussants:
• Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization;
• Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Director, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification;
• Mr. Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - pdf-icon statement (137 kB) ;
• Mr. Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Secretary, World Food Programme• H.E. Prof. Anna Tibaijuka, Minister of Human
  Settlements, Housing and Urban Affairs of Tanzania
• Prof. Babu Mathew, South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication.

Documents / links

pdf-icon Concept note (147 kB)