November 26, 2019. The General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries. Among other elements, the resolution:
- Calls for the strengthening of the global partnership for sustainable development for the LDCs in all priority areas of the Istanbul Programme of Action and calls on multiple actors to contribute to its implementation
- Reaffirms that the LDCs need enhanced global support to overcome the structural challenges they face in implementing the 2030 Agenda
- Expresses concern about certain trends such as the reduction of ODA to LDCs, the stagnation of LDC’s share in global exports and the fact that a number of LDCs are in debt distress or high risk of debt distress
- “Acknowledges that the graduation of a country symbolizes its considerable long-term socioeconomic progress, prevailing over the structural handicaps to socioeconomic development, and that it also presents many challenges for graduated countries, which continue to face vulnerabilities to various shocks and crises”
- “Decides to convene the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha from 21 to 25 March 2021 at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government” and that the meeting of the intergovernmental preparatory committee will take place in New York from 27 to 30 July 2020 and from 11 to 15 January 2021.
[Update: the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC V) has been postponed to January 2022]