8th Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

2 November, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Objectives
  • Expected Outcomes
  • Structure
  • The Ministerial Conference aims to develop new strategies for industrialization in LDCs beyond 2020, helping them accomplish their national development goals. It will also include enhancing UNIDO’s mandate and services provided to LDCs at the ministerial level, in the context of contemporary programmatic frameworks such as the IPoA, the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III), the South-South and Triangular cooperation and the UNDS reform.

    This year’s event will focus on best practices and lessons learned from ongoing development projects in LDCs. Specifically, the agenda will focus on thematic sessions that reflect UNIDO’s ISID priorities, namely, to create shared prosperity, advance economic competitiveness, safeguard the environment, and foster knowledge and institutions. 

  • Garnering experience directly from LDC leaders on industrial experiences and how industrialization can help boost the sustainable development capacity;

    Paving the way for LDC Member States to formulate a joint Ministerial Declaration serving as a fundamental basis to strategize on the role of Goal 9;

    Providing a platform to build and develop socially responsible and sustainable partnerships, in particular, UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP), between relevant stakeholders from LDCs, traditional and emerging donors and development players;

    Evaluating the linkages between ISID, the IPoA and the SDGs, as well as re-emphasizing the significance of IDDA III and South-South and Triangular cooperation as a critical means for implementing ISID;

    Issuing vision statements and actions to feed into the discussions at the General Conference, including pledges and commitments from stakeholders; and

    Contributing to sustainable economic growth in LDCs through thematic discussions and appropriate communication strategies.

  • The Ministerial Conference will be hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and will consist of plenary meetings and interactive sessions, as well as panel discussions.

    In addition to the high-level opening and closing sessions, the event will be structured in four distinct thematic sessions, over the course of the day, as follows:   

    Session I: Review of progress made on structural economic transformation;

    Session II: High-level panel on “Industrial policy instruments and strategies”;

    Session III: High-level panel on “Innovation in partnerships and funds mobilization”; and

    Session IV: Looking beyond 2020: Next Programme of Action.

    Additionally, there will be ample opportunity for networking and one-to-one discussions during the intermediary breaks and the evening reception.

    Participants and members of the press are invited to attend the event beginning from 09:00 until 17:00 at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

To view the LDC press release, please click here.


For queries with regards to registration, please write here.

For any additional information, please contact:

Mr. Victor Djemba

UNIDO Chief for the Regional Division for Africa


Tel.: +43 1 26026 3343

Mr. Manuel Mattiat

UNIDO Programme Officer

Regional Division - Africa


Tel.: +43 1 26026 3815