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High-Level Meeting on “Development cooperation in middle-income countries” - General Assembly, Plenary segment for general discussion and a closing segment
4 Dec 2018 -  General debate
Closing segment
The 2030 Agenda recognizes that middle-income countries (MICs)1face significant challenges to achieve sustainable development. Taken together, the over 100 middle-income countries account for almost half of global gross domestic product and 70 per cent of the world’s population.However, they vary in population, rates of poverty and inequality, natural resource endowments, development potential and economic and social performance.Despite improvements in someMICs, many are still characterized by fragmented social and economic structures, with a significant share of employment in informal or low-productivity sectors.
This high-level meeting is being organized to discuss the gaps and challenges of middle-income countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting will facilitate ongoing exchange of experiences among MICs and with other actors on implementing the SDGs. A key objective is also to highlight the focused and enhanced support, including improved coordination that the United Nations development system, the international financial institutions, regional organizations and other stakeholderscan extend to MICs. The discussions are intended to create action-oriented and solutions-based recommendations which will support MICs to build their capacity and resilience towards the attainment of the 2030 Agendaand enhance their support to other developing countries.