Turkey to host meeting of Least Developed Countries
Turkey is set to host next year's UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, the fourth such gathering since 2001. Currently, 49 countries with a combined population of 610.5 million are identified as "least-developed countries." The conference aims to significantly improve the human conditions of people living in these countries throughout the world. It provides a framework for a strong global partnership to accelerate sustained economic growth and sustainable development in these countries, to end marginalization by eradicating poverty, inequality and deprivation there, and to enable them to integrate beneficially into the global economy. The conference's overarching goal is to make substantial progress toward halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and suffering from hunger by 2015 in line with the UN Millennium Declaration and promote the sustainable development of the least-developed countries.