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Arjun Karki

Jwe_reject_green_economyUL 19 - The present situation of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is alarming and inhumane as the majority of the LDCs peoples are still deprived of even the bare necessities of life such as adequate food, healthcare, water and sanitation, housing, decent work, energy and education. The international political economy presents a pessimistic image of the current world order. The richest 10 percent of people on this planet hold 57 percent of global income, while the poorest 20 percent has less than 1 percent; this one percent also includes the share of the LDCs. LDC livelihoods, which are already inadequate, are further threatened by the expansion of corporate control over agriculture, forests and fisheries. Productive employment and decent wages are not available for a huge percentage of the LDC labor force, and 40 percent of youth— who comprise 60 percent of the LDC population—are unemployed. These economic burdens are further exacerbated by war, conflict, political instability, violence and women’s oppression, which is prevalent in the LDCs. This is the result of a deeply flawed system of injustice, inequity, exclusion and marginalisation that deprives LDC peoples of the universal right to development, peace and freedom. It is all too clear that peace and political stability are prerequisites for sustainable development in LDCs, as development makes no sense for hot spots like Afghanistan, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where people live in constant fear for their lives every ticking second.

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Dr. Arjun Karki addresses the 2012 Development Cooperation Forum Side event on IPoA and Mutual Accountability PDF Print E-mail

STATEMENT BY DR. ARJUN KARKI, INTERNATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR AT THE SIDE-EVENT ON MONITORING OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE IPoA AND OTHER IADGs TO STRENGTHEN MUTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN LDCs, DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION FORUM, 5 JULY 2012

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be taking part in this important panel discussion, on behalf of LDC Watch. This forum is very significant and timely for addressing the challenges of implementing the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the least developed countries (LDCs).

A year on, since the adoption of the IPoA, we fear that the implementation of the Programme has not made considerable progress. The persistent multiple crises continue to be an excuse for the international community to back-track on the achievement of sustainable development and poverty eradication despite repeated commitments. Recent UN development processes, even the most ambitious Rio+20, has failed us of ‘the future we want’ with no new, additional commitments and predictability of pledged resources for development. We have been reiterating that the trillions that are spent in destructive wars and militarisation could instead be used for constructive development cooperation, like meeting the IPoA and other internationally agreed development goals (IADGs) in LDCs.

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Dr. Arjun Karki, International Co-ordinator expresses disappointment over the outcome of Rio+20 PDF Print E-mail

STATEMENT BY DR. ARJUN KARKI, INTERNATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR AT THE MEETING OF THE HEADS OF STATE/GOVERNMENT/DELEGATION ON RIO+20 AND LDCS, UN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (RIO+20) 21 JUNE 2012, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Right Honourable Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Prime Minister of Nepal and the Chair of the LDC Group,His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey,His Excellency Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium,His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations,Hon. Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Mr. Chairperson, let me begin by saying that we cannot achieve sustainable development anywhere if we fail to ensure it in the 48 UN defined Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Mr. Chairperson, the richest 10 per cent of people on this planet hold 57 per cent of global income while the poorest 20 per cent has less than 1 per cent; this one per cent also includes the share of LDC group of countries.

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