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The Associated Press January 11, 2011, 12:20PM ET

UN prepares for anti-poverty conference in Turkey

A UN official says an upcoming high-level conference on poverty must address the new challenges the worlds' poorest face due to increased globalization.

Representatives from the 48 poorest countries in the world and rich donor nations are meeting at the United Nations this week ahead of the Fourth U.N. Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul from May 9-13. The last such conference was in Brussels in May 2001.

The 200 participants are negotiating the text of a political statement and action plan.

Conference secretary-general Cheick Sidi Diarra said priorities include helping poor countries increase and diversify productivity, improve access to technology and basic services and mobilize financial resources.

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