Two-thirds (66%) of those questioned by pollsters ComRes agreed that "the majority" of UK aid should be targeted towards the least developed countries
However, while there has been an emergence of planning within national governments, there has been very little research or understanding of the different national priorities within the agenda of low-carbon resilient development, nor of how different countries, particularly the Least Developed Countries
, are approaching this challenge.
Today, 49 countries make up the category of least developed countries
(LDCs), according to specific criteria and procedures, and as confirmed by a resolution of the UN General Assembly.
The Kingdom also announced its contribution of US$ 500 Million in development loans on easy terms, through the Saudi Fund for Development for education projects in developing and least developed countries
in parallel with education for All Fast Track Initiative.
The least developed countries
should not be treated as homeless people, they have the capability and resources," he told a U.
There are 48 least developed countries
in the world with a population of 950 million.
The conference will assess results of the 10-year action plan for the Least Developed Countries
, adopted at Brussels meeting in 2001.
By 1 January 2002, ODA to the least developed countries
will be untied in the following areas: balance of payments and structural adjustment support; debt forgiveness; sector and multi-sector programme assistance; investment project aid; import and commodity support; commercial services contracts and ODA to NGOs for procurement-related activities.
Also, they will grant duty-free and quota-free access to exports from least developed countries
(LDCs), although no timetable for this has been agreed.
The negotiations was focused on policies related to food stockpiling, and concluded with agreements on food security, trade facilitation and the Least Developed Countries
is meant to help the parliaments in the least developed countries
Currently 50 countries, with a total population of about 710 million are considered Least Developed Countries
(LDCs) by the UN, Despite their best efforts and those of international organizations, they are falling behind in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.