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Thematic Debate 5: Reducing vulnerabilities, responding to emerging challenges and enhancing food security in the least developed countries, LDC-IV Conference
11 May 2011 -  Fifth High-level interactive thematic debate at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries

Thematic debate 5: "Reducing vulnerabilities, responding to emerging challenges and enhancing food security in the least developed countries"

The Chair of the thematic debate, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Naseem, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Maldives, opened the thematic debate.

A video entitled “Organic agriculture: A good option for the Least Developed Countries” was presented.

The Chair made an introductory statement.

Statements were made by the keynote speakers, H.E. Mr. Malam Bacai Sanhá, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau; H.E. Mr. Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Turkey; and Dr. Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda, and an Eminent Person on the Group of Eminent Persons for the Least Developed Countries.

Statements were also made by the following panellists: H.E. Professor Anna Tibaijuka, Minister of Human Settlements, Housing and Urban Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania; Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification; Mr. Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Mr. Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme; Ms. Lila Hanitra Ratsifandrihamanana, Director of the New York Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, on behalf of Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Organization; and Professor Babu Mathew, Founder Member of South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication.

Statements were made by the representatives of Indonesia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Thailand.

A statement was made by the representative of the International Monetary Fund.

A statement was made by the representative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Statements were also made by the representatives of the following non-governmental organizations: Uganda National Farmers Federation; Overseas Development Institute, London; and Zenab for Women in Development, Sudan.

The panellists responded to comments made and questions raised.

Dr. Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda, also responded to comments made and questions raised.

The Chair made concluding remarks.