Race to Prosperity as Least Developed Countries Top Agenda at UN Conference — Global Issues

The world's least developed countries are racing against time to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Photo: Joyce Chimbi/IPS
The world’s least developed countries are racing against time to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Photo: Joyce Chimbi/IPS
  • by Joyce Chimbi (United Nations & nairobi)
  • Associated Press Service

Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest regional presence among the LDCs. Countries in other regions include Afghanistan, Haiti and Bangladesh. All are battling a common enemy and are in dire need of a concerted global effort to promote social, economic and environmental development.

With? Istanbul?Action Program for Least Developed Countries? (IPoA) implementation period has been completed, a new conference will be held in two parts. The first part of the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC5) led to the adoption of Doha Action Program (DPoA) in New York on March 17, 2022.

Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Sheikha Alya Ahmed S. Al-Thani, told IPS that the second part of the conference will be held in Doha, Qatar, on 5-9 March 2023 and is “a unique opportunity for LDCs, development partners, large groups and other stakeholders to come together and build momentum for the effective implementation of the Doha Agenda (2021) 2030) and make specific commitments to strengthen the global and comprehensive partnership to meet the unique needs of LDCs.

She further stressed that the conference is “an important moment for the international community to promote development and recovery that truly benefits all and all countries and thus strengthens solidarity.” globally for less developed countries. The State of Qatar has a proven track record in meeting the needs and challenges of the least developed countries, and it will do its best to ensure the success of the Fifth United Nations Conference. United Nations on the least developed countries”.

With an estimated total population of 880 million, or 12% of the world’s population, these countries are suffering from severe structural impediments to growth. To varying degrees, all 46 countries are characterized by problems such as underdeveloped institutions, low savings rates, low literacy rates, and enrollment rates.

“I have heard over and over that – in order to leave no one behind, we must start with those who are far behind – and for this to come true, the Doha Action Agenda for Countries underdeveloped offers a great support package. We all need to work together to implement this agenda – least developed countries, their partners and/or friends and the United Nations system,” said Rabab Fatima, Deputy Secretary-General. United Nations and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, LLDC (Landland Developing Countries) and SIDs (Small Island Developing States) told IPS.

LDC5 is therefore an important once-in-a-decade opportunity to promote sustainable development where international assistance is most needed – and to tap the full potential of the least developed countries, help them make progress on the road to prosperity.

As such, world leaders will rally with the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and youth to promote new ideas, make new pledges of support, and accelerate the implementation of new initiatives. committed commitments, through the Doha Action Agenda. It is expected that the leaders will also approve the new Doha declaration.

“The Doha Action Agenda provides a blueprint for the least developed countries to overcome the impact of the ongoing global crises, to build a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the pandemic. , while building resilience to future shocks – to get us back on track on Agenda 2030. This can only be done by strengthening our partnership. We adopt South-South and Triangle cooperation,” Csaba Kőrösi, President of the United Nations General Assembly, told IPS.

The DPoA is defined by six key focus areas, including investing in people, poverty alleviation and capacity building, supporting structural transformation as an engine of prosperity, and enhancing international trade. economic and regional integration, leveraging the power of science, technology and innovation, responding to climate change, COVID-19 and building resilience, and mobilizing international partnerships economy for sustainable graduation.

It is firmly believed that the full implementation of the DPoA will help the least developed countries tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and negative socioeconomic impacts, and get back on track to achieving the SDGs. , address the challenges of climate change and make strides towards sustainable and irreversible graduation.

Therefore, during the second part of the conference in Doha, it is expected that specific initiatives and specific results will be announced to address the specific challenges of LDC. The gathering leaders will conduct a comprehensive review of PoA Istanbul implementation.

The Leaders will also mobilize additional international assistance measures and actions to benefit the least developed countries and agree on a new partnership between LDCs and partners. their development to overcome structural challenges, reduce poverty, achieve internationally agreed development goals, and enable exit from the LDC category.

The focus of the conference is therefore the recognition that the global recovery is very dependent on expanding much-needed support for LCDs. And those bold investments across all key sectors – in particular health, education and social protection systems – must be tailored to the special development needs of the poorest countries, most vulnerable.

In all High Representative Office for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) is the UN focal point in the preparation of the LDC5.

The High Representative of LDCs will be the Secretary-General of the Conference. OHRLLS and the LDC Group expressed gratitude for the generous support of Qatar, Turkey and Finland in the preparation of LDC5 and welcomed the contributions of all stakeholders to the success of the LDC5. of the conference. – Additional reporting: Naureen Hossain

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