Turkey hosts UN forum on world's poorest nations

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.