Newsletter - November 2021


#ForgeYourFuture - Young storytellers are joining LDC5



Please help us ensure young people are at the heart of LDC5!

We are bringing young people from each of the world’s 46 Least Developed Countries to the 5th United Nations Conference on the LDCs! This is a chance for young changemakers to shape the new Programme of Action for the LDCs and their own futures.

To be among the 46, we are asking young people in the LDCs to share their stories, vision, solutions and ideas. We are looking for answers to questions like: “what must happen to make things better?" and "Who inspires change in your community?”

Young people are invited to tell us about their stories on social media or through the website with videos, audio, music, essays, images, memes, photos, poetry. Anything they like.

The deadline to enter is 22 November 2021.

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Registration and Special Accreditation


Credit: UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist 

Pre-registration for LDC5 is now open until Monday, 3 January 2022 for designated users via the online eRegistration system.

Registration is open to (1) Member and Observer States of the United Nations and the European Union; (2) intergovernmental organizations and entities that have observer status with the General Assembly; (3) associate members of the regional commissions; (4) specialized agencies and related organizations. Registration for civil society, private sector, young people and other stakeholders will open shortly.

Pre-register here

Special accreditation is currently open until 25 November 2021 for non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector.

For questions relating to the participation of any of the above, please email

Apply for special accreditation



The LDC5 programme is now live!


Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe 

The programme of the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries is now live on the LDC5 website!

LDC5 starts on Saturday, 22 January 2023 with pre-conference events and ends with the adoption of the Doha Programme of Action on Thursday, 27 January.

LDC5 will feature:

  • - Roundtables discussing the multiple issues LDCs are facing in their race towards sustainable development;

  • - 18 inter-governmental sessions;

  • - Up to 65 side-events by member states, the United Nations, partners and agencies;

  • - Dedicated fora for the private sector, young people, south-south cooperation, civil society and parliamentarians;

  • - The commemoration of 50-years of LDC Category through music and a cultural celebration of the world's least developed countries;

  • - Exhibitions, interactive spaces.

And much more!

See the LDC5 Programme



Interested in showcasing your work

supporting the Least Developed Countries?


Credit: UN Photo 

Applications are now open for exhibitions at LDC5 for all groups: governments, non-governmental organisations, civil society, the United Nations system and other inter-governmental organisations.

Exhibitions at LDC5 will showcase important topics that cover sustainable development issues pertinent to the Least Developed Countries, including poverty eradication, health, education, the environment, women and girls, and more. They can feature photographic and multimedia displays that illustrate these topics through images, facts and data.

Apply here

Note, for private sector representatives wishing to exhibit at the Private Sector Forum, a separate application process is in place.

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Journalists at LDC5


Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe 

The call for applications from LDC journalists to take part in the LDC5 journalism fellowship by UN-OHRLLS and the Thomson Reuters Foundation closed on October 17. More than 350 applications were received and successful journalists have been selected from each of the Least Developed Countries.

The fellowship consists of online training sessions, sponsored participation to LDC5, and for one outstanding journalist, a fully funded fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. The first online training session begins on November 15, 2021.

For journalists interested in attending LDC5, media registration will be carried out by the United Nations’ Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit. Information and timelines will be made available in due course on their website.

Media accreditation


We hosted a LDC5 Information Session for all member states


OHRLLS and the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar held an LDC5 information session for Member States of the United Nations on November 10 at 10:00 am.

The Information Session was an opportunity for all Member and Observer States, GA observers and the UN system to learn about the preparations and logistical arrangements for the LDC5 Conference.

See the presentation


United Nations and Qatar sign agreement on hosting the

5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha



On October 5, the United Nations and the State of Qatar signed an agreement to host the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) in Doha, Qatar, from 23 to 27 January 2022.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Courtenay Rattray, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States and H.E. Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations.

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