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The Committee for Development Policy
Committee for Development Policy News
17 January 2017
CDP briefing on LDC graduation and support measures
On 17 January 2017, the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) hosted a briefing on LDC graduation and support measures at United Nations Headquarters in Conference room 11. The briefing provided information about current and future activities in which the CDP Secretariat is engaged.
Daniel Gay, Inter-regional Adviser, and Namsuk Kim, Economic Affairs Officer, presented the current progress of the implementation of a multi-year pilot project in Bhutan, Nepal and Uganda to assist in mitigating the impact of graduation from the LDC category. Using these pilot countries, the CDP Secretariat is building a web platform which will help countries understand graduation and develop beyond the graduation stage. The platform will determine the various steps necessary in order to graduate smoothly, including the phasing out of international support measures, and to incorporate the strategy into its development planning.
The redesigned and updated LDC Support Measures Portal was also presented. The updated features of the new website include improved stability of the web platform, optimized information and consolidated menu items, among other things.
23 November 2016
Committee for Development Policy Expert Group Meetings
Between 30 November and 2 December, the CDP Secretariat is organizing two expert group meetings (EGM) in Geneva. The first, on 30 November and 1 December, will discuss lessons learned by selected LDCs and developing countries in building their productive capacities for sustainable development.
The second, on 2 December, will solicit feedback on the LDC graduation diagnostic toolkit, establishing possible partnerships and identifying data sources
9 November 2016
The ePing system, an SPS and TBT notification alert system developed by UN DESA in cooperation with the WTO and ITC, is officially launched on 8 November 2016 at the WTO, by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in UN DESA Lenni Montiel, WTO Deputy Director General Karl Brauner and the Executive Director of ITC Arancha González.
- ePing system
- Brochure on ePing system
- UN News: Global trade alert system launched to boost market access for developing countries
- DESA News: New global trade alert system launched to boost market access for developing countries
- World Trade Organization Press Release
- International Trade Centre Press Release
- DESA Voice: UN DESA, WTO and ITC partner on ePing notification alert system
2 November 2016
During 24-27 October, the UN expert team, comprising the CDP unit of DESA/DPAD, UNDP, UNCTAD and OHRLLS, conducted a joint mission in Luanda, Angola, to support the Government of Angola on the graduation from the LDC category. The UN team held consultation meetings of with various stakeholders and partners on drafting the National Roadmap for the LDC Transition Strategy towards Graduation. On 27 October, a high level workshop, "Angola's Graduation from the Category of the LDCs: Challenges and Opportunities", was held with over 300 participants in order to identify the main steps until February 2021.
- The workshop agenda
- Slideshow of the workshop and the consultation meetings
- LDC Graduation – challenge and opportunity by Ayodele Odusola, UNDP
- Key elements of LDC graduation criteria in the case of Angola by Namsuk Kim, DESA
- Potential consequences by Ben McCarthy, UNCTAD
- International Support Measures for the LDCs by Tomás González, OHRLLS
- Botswana's Strategy for Graduation to MIC: Lessons for Angola by Happy Siphambe, University of Botswana
- For Portuguese versions of the presentations, click here
1 November 2016
World’s poorest and most vulnerable countries look to advance strategies for graduating from least developed country status
Capacity Development Workshop and LDC Graduation, Beijing, China,
New York, 1 November – Government policymakers from 16 least developed countries (LDCs) and one graduate, Samoa, will gather in Beijing, China, from 10-12 November to discuss strategies needed to successfully graduate from LDC status and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
About the Committee for Development Policy
The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. CDP 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.
The 24 members of the Committee are nominated by the United Nations Secretary-General in their personal capacity, and are appointed by the Council for a period of three years. Membership is geared to reflect a wide range of development experience as well as geographical and gender balance.
Interview with chair of the CDP, Prof. Jose Antonio Ocampo
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Brochure on the Committee (English)
- Brochure on the Committee (French)
- Members of CDP (2016-2018)
- Previous CDP members