07 January 2022



With COVID-19 cases surging around the globe, largely driven by the new Omicron variant, the State of Qatar, in consultation with E. Courtenay Rattray, the Secretary-General of the Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), has taken the difficult decision to recommend postponing the conference.


21 December 2021

On 21 December 2021 the Preparatory Committee approved the draft Doha Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries and decided to recommend it to the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries for adoption.

05 November 2021

Glasgow, 5 November 2021 - Adapting to climate change requires financing, but for cash-strapped island nations, the money to build resilience is often slow to materialize or out of reach all together.

04 November 2021

4 November 2021, Glasgow - 2020 was another record-setting year for human and economic devastation by natural disasters. 

03 November 2021

As world leaders departed from Glasgow, and much of the world’s media with them, you’d be forgiven for thinking that was the end of COP26. And yet the hard work has only just begun. Because after the “blah, blah, blah” comes the work, work, work.

05 October 2021

United Nations convenes world-renowned thinkers and policymakers to propose new solutions to unstick Least Developed Countries’ stubborn problems.

26 September 2021

LDCs are in urgent need of a pathway to accelerate their progress on universal access to sustainable energy.

29 August 2021

London, New York, 29 August, 2021 – The 5th United Nations (UN) Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), taking place in Qatar next January, will be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in 2022.

13 August 2021

Enhancing efficiency in transit systems and in operations at international borders are needed if the world’s Landlocked Developing Countries are to be able to build back better and be resilient to future pandemics and emergencies, says a new report launched today by the United N