LDC Ministerial Conference 2013

“From the Istanbul Plan of Action to the world we want in 2015 and beyond: Implementing the UNIDO operational strategy”.

The upcoming Least Developed Countries’ (LDC) Ministerial Conference will constitute the fifth of the high level platforms provided by UNIDO to LDC Member States and relevant stakeholders to focus on their industrial development issues. It will take place from 30 November to 1 December 2013 in Lima, Peru, right before the start of the General Conference on 2 December 2013. 

This edition of the LDC high-level meeting will bring together more than 250 participants – LDC ministers in charge of industry, relevant UN agencies, regional economic commissions, emerging countries’ institutions, donors and private sector entities – to promote the formation of partnerships that will bring sustainable livelihoods and inclusive welfare for LDC’s citizens.

It seeks to leverage various potentialities and mechanisms available in the domain of private sector and SMEs development, productive capacity building, trade and employment. In cooperation with Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and other emerging countries, the event will also help implement the UNIDO LDC Operational Strategy 2012-2020. 

More specifically, it will:

1)    Encourage emerging as well as traditional donor countries to develop strategies to support the effective implementation of the UNIDO LDC Operational Strategy by 2015 and beyond;

2)    Promote the critical role of South-South Cooperation in the LDC development efforts;

3)    Actively engage member countries in the implementation of the UNIDO LDC Strategy. 

The agenda includes sessions on “The role of BRICS and other emerging economies for inclusive sustainable growth of LDCs” and “ South-South Industrial Cooperation: The Role of Southern Enterprises in Least Developed Countries”. 

The conference will also provide an opportunity to explore the role of the women in the overall agri-value chain approach in the Least Developed Countries. A session will be dedicated to the specific role of women in LDCs under the theme: “Converting commodities into products: the role of women in LDCs”.

For further information and to participate in the LDC Conference, please see the invitation letter and the registration form. Interested participants are responsible for securing their own funding and obtaining a visa.