REPORT OF THE Ad Hoc Working Group to Further Study and Strengthen the Smooth Transition Process (A/67/92) ENFR

By its resolution 66/213 of 22 December 2011, the General Assembly established an ad hoc open-ended working group to further study and strengthen the smooth transition process for the countries graduating from the least developed country category and to submit a report to the General Assembly during its sixty-seventh session with specific recommendations, consistent with the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs for the Decade 2011-2020. The General Assembly also adopted the Terms of Reference of this working group in decision A/66/L.30.
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly, UNGA Hall, 22 December 2011
The President of the General Assembly appointed Ambassador Jan Grauls, Permanent Representative of Belgium, and Ambassador Brian Bowler, Permanent Representative of Malawi, to serve as its Co-Chairs. He also designated UN-OHRLLS as secretariat of the Working Group.

Meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group

organizational meeting (First FORMAL MEETING)

An organizational meeting took place on Monday, 16 January 2012, at 10 a.m. in Conference Room 1 (NLB). The meeting adopted the provisional agenda as contained in document A/AC.279/2012/L.1. The meeting also endorsed the programme of work presented by the Co-Chairs.
first substantive meeting (INFORMAL MEETING)
The first substantive meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group took place on Thursday, 16 February 2012, at 10 a.m. in Conference Room 6 (NLB). The meeting took stock of the current situation regarding LDC-specific international support measures as well as existing smooth transition measures. The meeting identified gaps and considered LDCs’ concerns related to the phase-out of those measures. Two graduated coutnries shared their national experience with smooth transition from LDC status. An open exchange of views followed on what possible approaches could be developed to address those gaps and concerns.

second substantive meeting (INFORMAL MEETING)

The second substantive meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group took place on Friday, 16 March 2012, at 1:15 p.m. in Conference Room 2 (NLB). The meeting heard a briefing on strengthening smooth transition by two members of the Committee for Development Policy.

Presentations by CDP Members: Ms. Mulu Ketsela and Prof. Jose-Antonio Alonso (statement and PPT)

THIrd substantive meeting (INFORMAL MEETING)

The third substantive meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group took place on Monday, 26 March 2012, at 10 a.m. in Conference Room 2 (NLB).

Presentation by Prof. P. Guillaumont; Statements by H.E. Amb. E. Apakan of Turkey and Mr. J. Waheed of Maldives

FOURTH substantive meeting (INFORMAL MEETING)

The fourth substantive meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group took place on Tuesday, 8 May 2012, at 10 a.m. in Conference Room 3 (NLB). A letter of invitation was sent to all Member States on 30 April 2012.

Statement by H.E. Amb. A. F. Elisaia of Samoa; Presentations by UNDP and the World Bank. For information on IDA, click here.

FINAL meeting (second FORMAL MEETING)

The second formal meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group took place on Wednesday, 6 June 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in Conference Room 4 (NLB). A letter of invitation was sent to all Member States on 31 May 2012. The agenda of the meeting is contained in document A/AC.279/2012/L.1.

In accordance with the agreed work plan of the Ad Hoc Working Group, this formal meeting considered the draft recommendations and adopted the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group to be submitted to the 67th session of the General Assembly (see below for the advance unedited version). Amb. Grouls chaired the meeting. Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra made a statement. Representatives of Nepal, the European Union, Maldives and Guyana took the floor.

The work of the Ad Hoc Working Group is now concluded.

  • REPORT OF THE AHWG (A/67/92) ENFR
Background Documentation
CONCEPT NOTE on the ad hoc working group by un-ohrlls

Selected GA resolutions and decisions

A/66/L.30 of 22 December 2011
Ad hoc working group on the smooth transition strategy for countries graduating from the list of least developed countries
A/RES/66/213 of 22 December 2011
Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries
A/RES/65/286 of 29 June 2011
Implementing the smooth transition strategy for countries graduating from the list of least developed countries
A/RES/64/295 of 7 September 2010
Extension of the transition period preceding the graduation of Samoa from least developed country status
A/RES/62/97 of 17 December 2007
Graduation of Samoa
A/RES/60/33 of 30 November 2005
Deferral of the smooth transition period for the graduation of Maldives from the list of least developed countries
A/RES/59/209 of 20 December 2004
Smooth transition strategy for countries graduating from the list of least developed countries
A/RES/46/206 of 20 December 1991
Report of the Committee for Development Planning: criteria for identifying the least developed countries.
RELEVANT REPORTS OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
  • Report of the Secretary General on the “Ten-year appraisal and review of the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010” (A/66/66–E/2011/78)
  • Report of the Secretary General on “Formulating a smooth transition strategy for countries graduating from least developed country status” (E/2004/94 of 15 July 2004)

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR DEVELOPMENT POLICY TO ECOSOC

desa/cdp secretariat

UNOHRLLS

UNCTAD

  • Vulnerability Profiles of countries eligible for graduation – Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Maldives, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

WTO

OTHER

LETTERS
Letter by the President of the General Assembly dated 3 January 2012 to all Permanent Missions and Permanent Observer Missions to the United Nations regarding the appointment of Co-Chairs for the Ad Hoc Working Group.
Letter by the Co-Chairs of 9 January 2012 – invitation to organizational meeting to all Member States
Letter by the Co-Chairs of 7 February 2012 – invitation to first substantive meeting to all Member States