Parliamentary Engagement in the Implementation of the IPoA (2013)
The Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) adopted at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries constitutes the most ambitious undertaking of the international community to address the structural vulnerabilities of the LDCs and promote their development. The overarching goal of the IPoA is to enable half of the LDCs to meet the criteria for graduation by 2020. The IPoA includes a strong call to include parliaments in its implementation. Article 16 of the Political Declaration acknowledges the important role of parliaments in developing strategies as well as overseeing their implementation.