The world’s Least Developed Countries are in a race to deliver global development goals by 2030. This new decade needs to usher in a new global partnership to close the divide. As the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (IPoA) draws to a close in 2020, the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will take place in Doha, Qatar, from 23 to 27 January 2022, at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government. The expected outcome of LDC5, a new 10-year programme of action for the LDCs, will be adopted at a critical time, falling within the last 10 years of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals across the LDCs.
At the LDC5 Conference, the international community is expected to:
- Undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the IPoA;
- Mobilize additional international support measures and action in favour of LDCs; and
- Agree on a renewed partnership between LDCs and their development partners to overcome structural challenges, eradicate poverty, achieve internationally agreed development goals and enable graduation from the LDC category.
Preparations for LDC5 involve national, regional and global reviews of all IPoA priorities by all major stakeholders. The Asia Pacific Regional Review will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, and virtual via Webex, on 30 August - 2 September 2021. The Asia-Pacific Regional Review is of critical importance as 12 out of 46 LDCs are located in the region. They are making considerable progress in their socio-economic development, particularly in reducing income poverty and investing in human resources and infrastructure, enabling most of the countries of this region to fulfill the criteria for graduation.
UNIDO assists LDCs through analytical and policy advisory services, institutional capacity building and technical cooperation activities to enhance the contribution of industry to national socio-economic progress. The Organization currently implements 183 technical cooperation projects for LDCs that reflect on its inclusive and sustainable industrial development priorities and their alignment with the Istanbul Plan of Action. UNIDO is actively participating in this year's Conference and its preparations. Find more information below.