Like Minded Group

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The Like Minded Group of Developing Countries (LMDC) is a group of developing countries who organise themselves as a block negociators in international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, they represent more than 50% of the world's population.

According to a statement by the Chinese diplomat Sha Zukang in 2005, the member countries of the Like Minded Group are Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.[1]

However, following the LMDC countries who negociate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change fora, the members are Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, India, Jordan, Iraq, Koweit, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mali, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Vietnam.

The members of the group refuse to yield their sovereignty and to the pressures made by developed countries. Facing imperialism of some developed countries, they try to defend the voice of developing countries.

The Like Minded Group has been accused in 2007, by the non-governmental organization UN Watch, without any proof, of using its influence in the United Nations to hold up progress in the field of human rights. [1]


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