Going for Gold?-- The 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) may have another contender
in the running after the recent inclusion of Senegal. Read this exclusive interview by ICDA of Dr. John Cuddy, Executive Secretary of the last UN Conference on LDCs, as well as
incumbent UNCTAD official.
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Important Issues I:
The EBA Initiative
Visit the EU's Official Page on the EBA
In February this year, EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy rushed through the unique 'Everything
But Arms'(EBA) Proposal. Its primary objective is to abolish EU barriers to all LDC imports on rice, sugar,
bananas. There is mounting evidence that this initiative is nothing more than a slipshod
way of preparing, by force, developing countries for a new WTO round, which is incontestably even more
problematic for the LDC countries.
Read Oxfam UK's Report in support of the EBA
This report, written by Oxfam's Christopher Stevens and Jane Kennan, was prepared in January of this year. In it, the authors
attempt to provide a broad perspective, covering issues such as the positive impact of the initiative, developing country concerns;
and the dynamic effects on global exports such as sugar.
Keep Your Enemies Even Closer
-- This is a must-read for "EBA-phobes'. It provides a damning insight into the real reason behind the
Contributions to the EBA debate
Read Solagral's Report!
This article in French analyses the impact of the EBA on LDC countries. It also discusses policy lessons
for the EU on this initiative, as well as NGO positions on the issue. Of particular concern is the impact the EBA
will have on rice, banana and sugar, which the report covers extensively.
The 1st UN Conference on LDCs was held in Paris in 1981 and adopted the SNPA (Substantial New Programme of Action)
Lack of substantial change/progress in the 1980s led to the convening of the 2nd Conference
in Paris in 1990 which adopted the Programme of Action for LDCs for the 1990s.
The Paris Conference agreed on a three-tiered mechanism that covered national, regional, and
global follow-up to monitor the effective implementation of the Programme.
A Mid-term of the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the LDCs for 1990s came to the
conclusion that these countries remain marginalized.
In 1997, the UN's General Assembly responded to the marginalization of LDCs by
deciding to convene the 3rd UN Conference on LDCs and designated UNCTAD as the focal point for the
preparation of the Conference.
The General Assembly designated Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Mr.Rubens Ricupero as Secretary-General
of the 3rd UN Conference on LDCs.