On the road to LDC5

The Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will be held in two parts: the first part will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 17 March 2022, the second part will take place in Doha, Qatar from 5-9 March 2023.

The conference will be an opportunity for least developed countries (LDCs) to gather and discuss the adoption of the next Programme of Action (2021-2030), building on the lessons learned from the implementation of the previous Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA).

LDC5 will provide a forum for Heads of States and Government to address current challenges, gain international support, foster partnerships to achieve the transformational change capable of redressing long-standing inequalities and marginalization, in order to be able to progress towards sustainable development.

UNCTAD will play an important role in shaping the United Nations contribution and support to Member States in advance of LDC5.

Backed by a long-established and extensive programme of research and policy guidance, multilateral consensus building, and technical support to LDCs, UNCTAD since 1964, has addressed issues of economic and sustainable development for developing countries with a focus on trade, finance, investment, technology and sustainable development.

UNCTAD’s actions and support to LDC5 take the form of:

  • Research and policy analysis on LDC-specific issues
  • Technical assistance and advisory services (on-demand from member States or Groups)
  • Briefing sessions on key LDC issues
  • Creation of dialogue spaces, for member States (both Geneva and New York-based) to engage with UNCTAD experts and receive substantive guidance and feedback

Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries

The world’s Least Developed Countries are in a race against time to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

This new decade needs to usher in a new global partnership to secure a better future for the world’s most vulnerable nations.


The development challenges of the LDCs