2019 Meeting of the National Focal Points of the Least Developed Countries on the Implementation of the IPoA

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - 9:15am to Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 5:30pm


The Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 (IPoA) is coming to an end. The UN General Assembly has decided to convene Fifth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC5) in Doha, Qatar in January 2022. The Conference will undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the IPoA by the LDCs and their development partners, share best practices and lessons learned and identify obstacles and constraints encountered as well as actions and initiatives needed to overcome them. The Conference will also mobilize global support and enhance partnerships in support of LDCs. A new 10-year programme of action for the LDCs will be adopted at the Conference which coincides with the remaining 10 years of implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The 2019 annual meeting of the LDC National Focal Points was a crucial component of the preparatory process for the LDC5 Conference. The meeting focused on comprehensive country-level reviews of the implementation of the IPoA. National Focal Points presented the main findings of their country reports, focussing on key aspects of the IPoA and sharing best practices and lessons learned. The meeting participants put forward recommendations on new priority areas of action and initiatives to accelerate implementation of the SDGs in LDCs over the next 10 years and address emerging challenges. The meeting provided substantive input to the outcome document of the LDC5 which will shape a new development agenda for the LDCs for the next decade.



Background Materials





Introduction on Preparations for the Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries:


Eradicating Poverty, Enhancing Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development:


Enhancing Productive Capacity and Achieving Sustained Economic Growth:


Promoting Sustainable Energy:


Trade, Commodities and Investment:


Reducing Vulnerabilities and Strengthening Resilience: Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability:


Human and Social development: Improving Health and Education, Access to Water and Sanitation, Shelter, Youth Development and Enhancing Gender Equality:


Mobilising Financial Resources for Development and Capacity Building:


Good Governance at All Levels:


Addressing Emerging Challenges"



LDC National Focal Points

A network of National Focal Points (NFPs) of LDCs was established by OHRLLS after the adoption of the Brussels Programme of Action for LDCs in 2001.