Developing Countries' Leaders Make Their Voices Heard at UN

U.N. member states heard at the global body’s ongoing assembly in New York what kind of assistance developing countries themselves believe they need from the international community, with leaders from African and Asian countries outlining their priorities at the national, as well as regional, levels.

Equitatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, in his remarks, asked donors to provide the economic and technical support Africa needs to use and transform its own resources, and fund its own development and economic growth. The president also called for aid for African countries prone to climate change effects and those facing drought, famine and disease.

Further, he urged all countreis to fullfill the climate change-related commitments they made under the Kyoto Protocol.

Meanwhile, Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhia highlighted the need for a think tank focused on the needs of landlocked developing countries like Mongolia. Tsakhia pressed U.N. member states to ratify an open multilateral agreement to set up such an institution in Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Bator.

Only one country has signed the agrement as of August, according to a U.N. news release.

The Mongolian president said the establishment of the think tank would contribute to “intensified cooperation” for the implementation of a program of action to slash hunger, preventable illnesses and extreme poverty in landlocked developing countries, which are generally among the poorests of developing countries.

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