The next decade is “make-or-break” for the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed in a brutal fashion just how interconnected the world has become, and how no country will truly recover until every country has been supported through this crisis. But to tackle the unprecedented confluence of the COVID-19, climate change, and economic crises, innovative thinking and new solutions based in research are desperately needed.
The first-ever LDC Future Forum, “Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries”, will bring together the academic community, policymakers, and practitioners to solicit new thinking on the challenges and to make policy recommendations for LDCs for the next decade. The Forum will contribute to the Fifth United Nations Conference on LDCs (LDC5), which will take place in Doha in January 2022.
The Forum will address the structural challenges and emerging issues faced by LDCs. Prticipants will also debate and introduce policy recommendations that can support LDCs in achieving the SDGs, build their ability to compete in the global economy, and eventually move towards convergence with other more developed economies.
The Forum is being organised by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) in collaboration with the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
For more information, see the event announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.