Least developed countries (LDCs) have most at stake as the world builds a post-2015 development agenda. They suffer unacceptable deprivation, and many are ‘behind the curve’ on progress to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The event considered what development framework the world needs for the challenges to be faced in the coming decades from the standpoint of the LDCs. It explored how the priorities of the LDCs – including those expressed in the Istanbul Programme of Action – can be integrated in the SDGs and the post 2015 development agenda. Discussion focused on poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, structural transformation and building of resilience in LDCs. Institutional issues and means of implementation were also on the agenda.
Dipak Gyawali, Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Kathmandu
Gyan Acharya, Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, United Nations, OHRLLS
Dr Youba Sokona, Special Advisor on Sustainable Development, South Centre
Paul Larsen, Project Manager Post-2015 Policy & Coordination, Department for UN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
Masego Madzwamuse, Economic Justice Programme Manager, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Johannesburg