The Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5)

Photo: A group of school children walk hand in hand after school in rural Nepal. Aisha Faquir/World Bank

The world’s Least Developed Countries are in a race to deliver the Global Development Goals by 2030. This new decade needs to usher in a new global partnership to close the divide.  

A major conference will be held in Doha in January 2022 to build an ambitious new programme for action for LDCs and will be held at a critical time, as the final decade of action for the 2030 agenda gathers pace.

As the  Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), signed in 2011, is expiring, the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will gather leaders at the highest level, including Heads of State and Government, to do the following:

  1. Undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the IPOA;  
  2. Mobilise additional international support measures and action in favour of LDCs; 
  3. Agree on a renewed partnership between LDCs and their development partners to overcome structural challenges, eradicate poverty, achieve internationally agreed development goals and enable graduation from the LDC category. 

The LDC5 Conference will be held from 23 to 27 January 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

It will be preceded by an inclusive preparatory process based on national, regional and global reviews of the Istanbul Programme of Action. The outcomes of these broad-based reviews will feed into the work of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (also referred to as 'PrepCom'), which will meet twice, from 24 to 28 May 2021 and from 26 to 30 July 2021, to agree on elements of the new programme of action for the LDCs that will be adopted the LDC5 Conference. An organizational session of the PrepCom will be held on 8 February 2021 to elect its two co-chairs. 

UN-OHRLLS is the designated focal point for Conference preparations.  

Other United Nations system organizations, as well as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and other relevant international and regional organizations, are invited to provide support to the preparatory process and to the Conference itself. Furthermore, the General Assembly has called on UN Resident Coordinators and country teams to be fully involved especially at the country and regional level preparations for the Conference. 

Further information on LDC5 is available on the LDC5 Conference website.