Montenegrin President at the Fourth United Nations conference on the least developed countries

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanović met with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9 -13 May. Vujanović also met other high UN officials, including UN General Assembly President Joseph Marshall.

“Although it does not belong to the group of the least development countries, Montenegro, as a responsible member of the UN, is committed to addressing Millennium Development Goals, and thus to addressing the problem of development of these countries”, it was stated in an announcement from Mr. Vujanović’s cabinet. United Nations Millennium Development Goals are substantially related to overcoming socio-economic backwardness of the least development countries.

The conference focused on issues of development of the least developed countries gathers more than 10 thousand guests from 192 UN-member countries including presidents, ministers, parliamentarians, representatives of global private sector, scientists and members of non-governmental organizations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly Joseph Deiss, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, President Bamir Topi of Albania, President Mahmud Ahmedinejad of Iran, President Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Yves Leterme of Belgium, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri of Georgia are among guests of the conference.

The conference brings together more than 50 heads of state and government, 10 vice-presidents, 94 ministers and chairmen of 47 international organizations.

Speaking on the eve on the opening of the Conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  encouraged leaders of the world’s poorest countries meeting to agree on a common position and send a strong political message to the rest of the world on the importance of investing in the least developed countries to eradicate global poverty.

“The priority for the new programme of action is to build strong economies that can withstand external shocks,” Mr. Ban told a summit of the leaders from 48 States in Istanbul.

The conference will assess the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action – the outcome document adopted at the 2001 LDC conference – and to reach agreement on a new set of support measures for the 48 nations classified as LDCs.

The Vice President of the Montenegrin Assembly Rifat Rastoder will take part in the parliamentary forum, which is part of the UN conference.