In conjunction with the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC IV), this Symposium brought together policy makers, academics and experts from international organisations, civil society and the private sector to identify innovative strategies for tackling the implementation challenges of the UNLDC IV outcome towards structural transformation in LDCs.
Economic vulnerability in LDCs has many structural causes like a narrow production base, dependence on few commodities as export, or transport constraints, just to mention a few. In particular, vulnerability related to LDC reliance on agriculture, fisheries and tourism is in turn highly correlated with the environ- ment and climate changes. Other aspects of LDC vulnerability include institutional weakness, political fra- gility related to governance or post-conflict state or the lack of human capacity. Finally, the volatility of food prices and the global economic crisis have risen to prominence in recent years, posing serious chal- lenges for the sustainable development prospects of the LDCs. Discussions over these issues will seek to chart a course forward to address the specific challenges faced by the LDCs.
Chair: Can Paker, Chairperson, TESEV
- Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General, UNCTAD
- Sir Richard Jolly, Member of the LDC Eminent Persons Group
- Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development
- Nirj Deva, Member of EU Parliament
- Michele Klein Solomon, Permanent Observer to the UN, IOM
- Patrick Gulliaumont, President, FERDI, France