Expert meeting of the "LDC IV Monitor" group, organized by the Commonwealth

January 29, 2020, Londres

Patrick Guillaumont, FERDI, chaired a session and was a speaker on session on the next Plan of Action for the LDCs for 2021-2030 in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

The LDC IV Monitor Group, as part of the Commonwealth Commission on LDC Trade Related Issues, held an expert group meeting on 29 January 2020, in London. The purpose of the meeting was to critically reflect on the past actions and state of play of the Istanbul Plan of Action (IPOA) 2011 to 2020 and to discuss future actions and the way forward for the forthcoming 2021 – 2030 LDC Plan of Action.

The main objectives of the meeting were to: 

  • Benchmark the role and organisational structure of the LDC IV Monitor Group
  • Revisit the landscape for which the LDC V will take place, with an understanding of how “new realities, new challenges” will impact the next Plan of Action (2021-2030); 
  • Understand how to best serve the course of LDC participation by pairing knowledge and analytical outputs with political and policy engagement.

Looking ahead to 2021 in the context of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs: The agenda for research, outreach and activities

This session focused on the action plan and way forward for the group. Presentations were given by Matthias Bruckner, CDP and Patrick Guillaumont, President, FERDI.

The comments by Patrick Guillaumont highlighted three points. 

  • The context of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, as they refer to climate change and conflict and security, should be better taken into account in the design of LDCs and the related support measures.
  • The process of graduation can be made more consistent by fully recognizing LDCs as countries suffering from most severe structural handicaps to sustainable development.
  • The support measures should be more targeted on the structural vulnerabilities, in particular by using LDCs identification criteria (extended to various kinds of vulnerability) as aid allocation criteria, what will impact both present and graduating LDCs. 

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The LDC IV Monitor

The LDC IV Monitor is an independent partnership established by 8 think tanks and academic institutions from Least Developed Countries (LDC) and partner countries. It was established in 2011 to assess and monitor the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) adopted by the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (UN LDC IV).