Adressing range of emergent development issues

Fourteenth session of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) will meet at UN Headquarters in New York on 12-16 March

CDP is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council, providing 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 UN 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.

Chaired by Professor Frances Stewart, the annual meeting of the Committee will address the following issues:

  • Promoting productive capacity and employment in a socially responsible environment, forming CDP’s contribution to the 2012 Annual Ministerial Review of the ECOSOC. It argues the importance of maintaining real macroeconomic balance beyond price-level stability and proactive policies, supported by public-private institutional arrangements, that aim at transforming the economic structure, for creating higher productive capacity and employment;
  • Triennial review of the list of least developed countries and monitoring of graduating and graduated countries from the list of LDCs: it examines possible inclusions and graduation of developing countries into or from the LDC category and monitors socio-economic development of the countries that graduated and are graduating from the category;
  • The UN development agenda beyond 2015: it provides a summary of the debate on the contribution of the MDG framework for global development policy and its shortcoming, and examines what would be the most effective way to take the MDGs agenda forwards after 2015, and;
  • Strengthening smooth transition strategy provisions (CDP input to ad hoc working group of the General Assembly): it reviews the existing smooth transition mechanisms and identifies their benefits to graduating countries from the LDC category and their shortcomings, and how such mechanisms can be further strengthened and better monitored.

For more information:
Committee for Development Policy