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The post-2015 development framework: priorities for the least developed countries (WP1309)

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.

Further information

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


UNGA Special Event Outcome Document


Post-2015 framework on poverty eradication and sustainable development

Reading material

Background reading

Convergence and contention: the least developed countries in post-2015 debates

Transforming global development: An LDC perspective on the post-2015 agenda

Thematic_summary: LDCs priorities in the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs

Lagging behind – lessons from the Least Developed Countries for a development agenda post-2015

Southern Voice: post-MDG International Development Goals


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