Boosting least developed countries could "really lift the world up"

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A man heading to the market in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Photo: UN/Valeria Bove

There is a "huge opportunity" in the next 20 years to really change our world, according to a senior UN official who focuses on the development of least developed countries, or LDCs.

Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya is heading up a UN conference on LDCs starting on Friday that will review progress made during the last five years.

In 2011, the global community adopted the Istanbul Programme of Action, which charts out a strategy to achieve sustainable development in the 48 LDCs.

They are home to 12 per cent of the global population and often suffer from political instability as well as internal and external conflicts.

Stephanie Coutrix asked Mr Acharya how the situation for people living in these countries has changed since the plan was adopted.

Duration: 4'49"

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