Lazarus Chakwera challenges wealthy nations


By Elita Soko in Doha, Qatar:

President Lazarus Chakwera has challenged developed countries to recognise that there will be no global economic prosperity as long as the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group exists.

Chakwera said this in Doha, Qatar, in remarks marking the closure of the United Nations Least Developed Countries Conference 5 (LDC5).


Chakwera likened the global economy to a ship that is sailing on turbulent waters, with some cabins affected more than others, but the whole ship being in danger anyway.

“As such, all UN bodies have come to the inescapable conclusion that this part of the ship requires all hands on deck, because nothing short of multilateral collaboration and cooperation will suffice.

“I call on all nations to act in accordance with this same realisation,” Chakwera said.


He warned developed nations that they run the risk of failing to reach their full potential if they do not promote the graduation of the LDCs.

The meeting has ended with bold commitments, which Chakwera said marked a transformative turning point for the world’s poorest countries, whose development has been hindered by crises including Covid, climate change and deepening inequalities.

At the conference, member states of the grouping committed to deliver on the Doha Programme of Action, a 10-year plan intended to put the 46 most vulnerable countries in the world back on track to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In her remarks, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed said achieving the SDGs in LDCs is a litmus test.

“If the SDGs do not deliver in LDCs, they do not deliver. It’s as simple as that,” Mohammed said.

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