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LDC5: From Potential to Prosperity

The Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) prioritized shifting gears to ensure that LDCs are firmly in the driver’s seat on the road to prosperity.


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With less than a decade to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, supporting LDCs as they harness their social and economic development potential is critical. The five-day conference in Doha, Qatar brought world leaders together with the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians, and young people to accelerate efforts in places where it is needed the most.

LDC5 was a once-in-a-decade opportunity to build momentum on meaningful dialogue so that we can best understand what the next era of sustainable development in these countries will look like.

Jens Wandel - UNOPS Acting Executive Director

LDC5 ushered in the Doha Programme of Action (DPoA), which will help LDCs address the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and make strides towards sustainable and irreversible graduation out of the category.

“We went to LDC5 to listen and learn. One point that was reiterated over the week is that we need sweeping global partnerships.They are key to ensuring that LDCs receive the bold investments in health, infrastructure and resilience systems that they need to permanently graduate from this category,” said UNOPS Director of Partnerships, Émilie Potvin.

At the LDC5 pavilion hall, UNOPS showcased concrete examples of projects in LDCs, highlighting the impact of our work for people and the planet. It was also an occasion for the team to interact with delegates.

On the sidelines of the conference, the UNOPS delegation met with partners in a series of high-level bilaterals.

After a productive five days, the UNOPS team left LDC5 even more energized to develop new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships – to work with LDCs as they set their development agenda in the years ahead.

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