Ministers of Foreign Affairs and senior officials from African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will come together for a three day meeting, from 8 to 10 June, at Expo Milano 2015. The event will be opened by H.E. Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy.
The Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs on “Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” is co-organised by the Government of Italy and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS).
Ministers attending the event will focus on ways to support African LDCs to achieve internationally agreed development goals, including the attainment of the goals and targets of the Istanbul Programme of Action and in particular to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category.
The meeting will explore concrete actions for socio-economic transformation of African LDCs and aim to accelerate progress by African LDCs towards meeting the criteria which will enable graduation from the category. In this respect agriculture, food security and access to energy are crucial factors and will be at the core of the substantive discussions during the Meeting.
This is a key time for Least Developed Countries to ensure that they are well represented in the new development agenda. The results of the meeting will feed into the intergovernmental process related to the Post-2015 development agenda and the Third Conference on Financing for Development. The Milan Ministerial Meeting is uniquely positioned to create an opportunity, away from UN Headquarters and the negotiating rooms, for the LDCs and their development partners to embark, in an open dialogue, to find a common understanding of how these processes can better integrate the key priorities, goals and targets of the Istanbul Programme of Action and ensure that they reflect LDCs’ financing needs.