"Crisis" for world's least developed countries
The world's 48 least developed countries are reaching a "crisis" point in their attempts to break out of poverty.
The so-called LDCs are meeting as part of a United Nations conference in Istanbul, Turkey, to look at ways of improving governance and building an economic and social infrastructure.
Arjun Karki, who’s chairing the meeting of Civil Society groups says no progress has been made in reducing the number of least developed countries.
“We are going through a very big crisis. We started in 1971 with 21 countries. Now we are 48. In fact we don’t see any good signs in graduating from the LDC category. So far we have had only three countries graduating, Cape Verde, Botswana and Maldives.”