Turkey Hosts U.N. Forum on World's Poorest Nations

Turkey Hosts U.N. Forum on World's Poorest Nations

Speakers at the conference say rising food and fuel prices have put additional strain on people living in poverty.

Published May 9, 2011

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, second left, and other U.N. officials seen at a news conference during the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul. (Photo: AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ISTANBUL (AP) — Speakers at a U.N. conference in Turkey that aims to help the world's poorest countries say rising food and fuel prices have put additional pressure on people living in poverty.

In a keynote speech on Monday, Nepalese Prime Minister Jhalnath Khanal also said the impact of climate change, including droughts and floods, is hurting countries that are struggling to develop.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is among thousands of delegates at the meeting in Istanbul.

The conference of "least-developed countries" lists 48 members. Thirty-three are in Africa, 14 are in Asia and one — Haiti — is in the Americas.

Written by Associated Press

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