Pakistan to continue advocating sustainable development in LDCs: PM.

DOHA -- Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said that Pakistan will continue to advocate several specific steps to advance sustainable development in the world's least developed countries (LDCs) and move towards the implementation of the Doha Programme of Action.

Addressing the fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries taking place in Doha, he said that Pakistan fully supports and expresses solidarity with developing countries in their quest for social progress and economic prosperity.

However, meeting the ambitious targets will require the revitalization of global partnerships based on effective means of implementation in priority areas, he added.

The premier said that it is timely and important to revisit the implementation of the vision and strategy for the sustainable development of the LDCs charted out at the end of the Istanbul Programme of Action.

The premier also called for addressing vaccine inequity by advocating its timely access for people living in the least developed countries.

PM Shehbaz said the historical commitment of official development assistance comprising 0.7% of the gross national income of countries from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development must be fulfilled, of which 0.15% to 0.2% must be allocated to the LDCs.

He said the increasingly unsustainable debt...

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