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Ambassador Jinga reiterates Romania’s full support for the LDCs in the process of recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Speaking on 8 February 2021 at the organizational meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Ambassador Ion I. Jinga, reiterated Romania’s full support for the Least Developed Countries in the process of recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recalling that the LDCs are among the most vulnerable countries of the international community and they are home for 900 million people, half of which live below the poverty line, he underlined that: “Even though before the COVID-19 African LDCs had been making progress in the implementation of the Istanbul Program of Action, the pandemic increased poverty rates, inequality, political instability, the collapse of the tourism and the loss of jobs by the migrants from the LDCs, resulting in severe cuts of remittances. Three out of four LDCs are affected by fragility and instability, their development being at risk by recurrent conflicts”.

The Romanian Ambassador stressed the need for an increased assistance provided to the LDCs by the international community, in order to ensure a green recovery, while progressing towards the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He emphasized Romania’s support to combat the impact of COVID-19 beyond its borders by contributing to the Team Europe financial package and the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for COVID-19:

“In 2020, more than 70% of the projects of the National Annual Plan for international cooperation for development and humanitarian assistance were redirected, in order to respond to the most urgent needs due to the pandemic. Romania allocated 54% of its Annual Plan to LDCs, and 10% to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The first five partner countries for development activities last year were the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Other recipients of development assistance provided by Romania in 2020 were Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Malawi, Uganda, Tuvalu, and Haiti. Romania also made voluntary contributions to the African Union and the Pacific Islands Forum. The projects we have financed were mainly focused on sustainable economic development, governance, inclusive societies and education, aiming to generate sustainable investment, green jobs and protect livelihoods”.

The 5th UN Conference on the LDCs will take place in Doha, Qatar, in January 2022.

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