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 crucial global development goals by 2030. This new decade needs to usher in a new global partnership to secure a better future for the world’s most vulnerable nations.   

With the  Istanbul  Programme  of Action for the Least Developed Countries  (IPoA) implementation period completed, a new conference is being held in two parts:

  1. The adoption of the new Doha Programme of Action in New York on March 17, 2022; and
  2. The main conference in Doha, Qatar on 5-9 March, 2023, which will identify actions and partnerships at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government, to deliver on this agenda. 74/232B

At second part of LDC5, the gathered leaders will:  

  1.  Undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the IPoA;  

  1. Mobilize additional international support measures and action in favour of LDCs; and  

  1. 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. 

Full implementation of the DPoA will help the LDCs to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as the resulting negative socio-economic impacts, return to a pathway to achieve the SDGs, address climate change challenges, and makes strides towards sustainable and irreversible graduation.

The full text of the Doha Programme of Action is available in all languages here.

The Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) is the UN’s focal point for LDC5 Conference preparations. 

The High Representative for Least Developed Countries will be the Secretary-General of the Conference. The official website of LDC5 can be found here.

OHRLLS and the LDC Group are very grateful for Qatar, Turkey and Finland’s generous support to LDC5 preparations and welcome the contribution of all stakeholders for the success of the conference. 


Least Developed Countries

LDC5 Documents

The Sustainable Development Goals