Therefore, they supported the new comprehensive development approach which calls for a substantive new partnership including with the international and African private sectors, as well as with bilateral and multilateral financial and technical partners, together with the African civil society and people as a whole.
Least Developed Countries
The Ministers called for the effective implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action and urge all stakeholders to meet their obligations to help the least developed countries to reduce their poverty and promote sustainable development through, inter- alia, increased ODA, FDI, debt relief and market access. The Ministers stressed the urgent need for the developed countries to effectively implement their commitment on such assistance to LDCs as contained in paragraph 83 in the Programme of Action for the LDCs for the Decade of 2001 – 2010.
The Ministers, while recalling the Ministerial declaration of the High-Level segment of the substantive session of 2004 of the Economic and Social Council, underlined the weak implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the decade 2001-2010 and stressed the need for increased efforts and speedy measures with a view to meeting its goals and targets in a timely manner.
Landlocked Developing Countries
The Ministers recognised and acknowledged the special needs of landlocked developing countries within a New Global Framework for transit transport co-operation for landlocked and transit developing countries and reaffirm the Movement’s continued support to their endeavours in every regard, particularly in their efforts aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the full and effective implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action.
Small Island Developing States
The Ministers pledged their continued support for the Barbados Programme of Action to address the special needs of Small Island Developing States and welcomed preparations being undertaken for the International Meeting for a full and comprehensive review of the Barbados Programme of Action to be held from 10th to 14th January 2005 in Mauritius. They invited all Member States to participate at the highest possible level and urged the international donor community to fully support the implementation of the outcome of the International Meeting.