Parliamentary Forum

PARLIAMENTARY FORUM ON THE OCCASION OF THE
FOUTH UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON THE LEAST DEVELOPED
COUNTRIES (LDC IV)
Istanbul, Turkey 8 May 2011
Organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the
Grand National Assembly of Turkey, with the support of UN-OHRLLS 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

09.30 a.m. Welcome and opening statements

  • Mr. Mehmet Ali Sahin, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
  • Mr. Theo Ben Gurirab or Mr. Anders Johnsson (TBC)
  • Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations (TBC)
PART I: POLICIES AND POLITICS OF LDC DEVELOPMENT
9:45 a.m. A hard look at the LDCs today: progress and setbacks, and their political
underpinnings
 
  • Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, Secretary General of the Fourth UN Conference on the
    Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) (5 min.) (TBC)
  • Cambodia (5 min.) (TBC)
  • Turkey (5 min.) (TBC)

Moderator: Member of Parliament (TBC)

Interactive discussion with participants (60 min.)

  • How much of the problem is economic, and how much of it is political?
  • Can the LDCs do more to help themselves and what supportive policies are
    needed from the international community?
11:00 a.m. Overview of the 2011 - 2020 Istanbul Programme of Action
 
  • UN Ambassador/negotiator (Nepal Chair of the LDC Group or Finnish Chair of
    the Inter-governmental Preparatory Committee (5 min.) (TBC)
  • Civil Society (5 min.) (TBC)
  • Member of Parliament - Member of the UN LDC Group of Eminent Persons (5
    min.) (TBC)
Moderator: Milletvekili, Bangladeş (Teyide Muhtaç)

Interactive discussion with participants (60 min.)

  • What are the main lines of action and principles of the IPOA?
  • How will the IPOA work alongside other commitments such as the Millennium
    Development Goals?
  • What role do parliaments have in the IPOA?
12:30 p.m. Lunch: Offered by the Turkish Parliament (TBC)
PART II: COUNTRY LEVEL INITIATIVES IN SUPPORT OF THE ISTANBUL PROGRAMME OF ACTION
2:30 p.m.

From commitment to action: mobilizing parliamentary support for the IPOA
Group discussions (40 min.)

 
  • How can the IPOA be effectively integrated into national development plans?
  • What capacities are most urgent to help parliaments oversee the IPOA and
    enact appropriate legislation?
Responses from tables (20 min.)
Moderated by the IPU
3:30 p.m. Presentation of the IPU-UN project proposal (PowerPoint) and discussion on a
Parliamentary Action Plan, (60 min.)
 
  • Mr. Martin Chungong, Director, IPU (7 min.)
  • Mr. Sandagorj Erdenebileg, Acting Director (OHRLLS), Executive Secretary of
    LDC IV
  • Member of Parliament (7 min.) (TBC)
  • UN Resident Coordinator (7 min.) (TBC)

Facilitator: UNDP (TBC)

Interactive table discussion with participants (60 min)

  • How to best organize the work of parliament to exercise better oversight of
    development commitments such as the IPOA?
  • What would a typical Parliamentary Action Plan to carry forward the IPOA
    look like?
  • Are parliamentary focal points useful and what should their function be within
    parliaments and vis-à-vis the outside world?
  • How can the UN system support parliamentary engagement with the IPOA at
    the country level?
5: 30 p.m. Closure of the meeting: endorsement of the global Parliamentary Action Plan
outline; parliamentary message to the conference; suggested activities during LDC
IV, and other housekeeping business.
News & Announcements
Closing Statement By H.E. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister Of Foreign Affairs Of The Republic Of Turkey
18.05.2011
Turkey’s Economic and Technical Cooperation Package for the LDCs for the Next Decade as Announced by H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
17.05.2011
Speech by H.E. Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Devoleped Countries
10.05.2011
BASIC FACTS
Brief History
Conference Programme
FOR PARTICIPANTS
Information Note for Participants
Recommended Hotel List
Intergovernmental Track
Parliamentary Forum
Private Sector Track
Civil Society Forum
PRESS
Information Note
Accreditation and Registration

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