LDC Ministerial Conference 2015

Operationalizing ISID for LDCs: The path to graduation and beyond

The sixth edition of UNIDO's Least Developed Countries’ (LDC) Ministerial Conference was held in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, from 26 to 27 November 2015 in Vienna, right before the 16th session of the UNIDO General Conference.

This LDC conference connected over 250 participants including LDC ministers, and representatives from UN agencies, regional economic communities, institutions in emerging countries, donors and private sector entities. The participants discussed the best path to graduation out of the LDC category and the innovative ways to sustain structural change and capitalize on achievements.

The conference consisted of the following six sessions:

Session 1:   Ministerial debate on progress made by LDCs towards graduation

Session 2:   SDG 9 and the path to graduation

Session 3:   Mainstreaming ISID into national policies and programmes

Session 4:   Making partnerships work: development and integration tools to foster private sector development in LDCs

Session 5:   Means of implementation

Session 6:   Sustainability and the way forward

The panels of these sessions were comprised of high-level members from academia, the private sector, UN agencies and governments. There were opportunities for participants to form linkages and partnerships. 

In addition, a study tour was organized, highlighting innoative industrial and business practices in Austria. 

The conference was also the platform to launch the "Inclusive development and entrepreneurship for all (IDEA)" project.

For more information on the conference please contact:



Bashir Condé
Programme Officer, UNIDO
Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-3602/26026-3266

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