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Ban calls for harnessing potential of world?s poorest nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for harnessing the potential of the world?s poorest nations, which may be at the bottom of the development ladder but are rich in resources, both human and material.

Mr. Ban told participants at the ministerial meeting of the least developed countries (LDCs) that they are meeting at a time of crisis and uncertainty, especially for the world?s poorest.

The Secretary-General said that even though more than half of all people in LDCs live in extreme poverty, these countries should be seen only as weak.

Participants at the Istanbul conference outlined a 10-year plan to support the LDCs overcome poverty, calling on the private sector to play a greater role in the fight, urging wealthy nations to step up their aid commitments and demanding the elimination of many trade barriers.

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, also highlighted the need for a united global partnership to move forward on key issues in support of the LDCs. He told the meeting that the current global financial crisis and the rise in food and fuel prices have accentuated vulnerability in the LDCs. As a result, important domestic programmes aimed at reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development, and meeting basic needs risk being jeopardized.
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