Development Policy Committee to focus on education, LDCs and migration

The Thirteenth session of the Committee for Development Policy will be held on 21-25 March in New York

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council and provides inputs and independent advice to the Council on emerging cross-sectoral development issues and on international cooperation for development, focusing on medium- and long-term aspects. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing the status of least developed countries (LDCs) and for monitoring their progress after graduation from the category.

In this year’s session the Committee will prepare for the 2011 Annual Ministerial Review on the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Education and examine ways in which the links between education, especially higher education, and strategies of human resource development can be strengthened in developing countries. Issues to be discussed include, among other things, the identification, delivery and financing of types of education necessary for skill development, the problem of unemployment among workers with tertiary education and the brain drain of highly skilled professionals.

Regarding the UN development agenda beyond 2015 (Resolution A/65/L.1), the Committee will consider possible strengthening of the UN development agenda beyond 2015 by examining emerging alternative development models and assessing their effectiveness in improving human wellbeing and addressing food insecurity, trade and financial flows, climate crises and growing inequality. This is part of a larger research programme whose main conclusions and recommendations are expected to be forwarded to ECOSOC in 2012.

At its plenary session in 2010, the CDP decided to assess whether climate change and conflict constitute structural impediments for the development of the least developed countries (LDCs) and should therefore be taken into account in identifying LDCs. Furthermore, and in preparation for the 2012 triennial review of the list of LDCs, the Committee will review the criteria used for the identification of LDCs and examine whether there is a need to introduce further refinements to the indicators.

In terms of international migration in times of crisis, the Committee will examine impacts of the current economic crisis on global flows of migrant workers and make recommendations on how to address its negative consequences in both host and sending countries for the benefit of all.

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