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POSTPONED: Africa Regional Review Meeting in preparation for the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries

11 March, 2020 - 13 March, 2020


While the Africa Regional Review Meeting in Malawi (11-13 March 2020) was at an advanced stage of preparation, we regret to inform participants that the meeting is now postponed, with further updates to follow, due to an abundance of caution in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Venue: Bingu International Convention Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi


In line with the mandate contained in GA resolutions 73/242 and 74/232, UN-OHRLLS and ECA, jointly with the Government of the Republic of Malawi, are organizing the Africa Regional Review meeting in preparation for UNLDC-V, also including Haiti, in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 11 to 13 March 2020.

The Africa Regional Review meeting is important as a venue for reviewing the implementation of the IPoA in the region, as 33 out of 47 LDCs are located in Africa. They face multiple challenges in achieving the goals and targets of the IPoA, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as Agenda 2063. Their structural constraints are compounded by new and emerging challenges, including those posed by ongoing conflict, climate change and their devastating impacts.


The main objective of the Africa Regional Review meeting is to assess the structural challenges and emerging issues faced by African LDCs and Haiti in pursuing sustainable development. The meeting will provide a platform for peer exchange and learning, and for all stakeholders to gain insight and agree on concrete, targeted and effective cooperative actions and recommendations that will assist these countries to overcome structural challenges, effectively compete in global and regional markets and accelerate sustainable development progress over the next decade. The meeting will also provide space for discussion of the current support provided to the LDCs by the international community and generate ideas for its improvement.


The outcome of the Africa Regional Review meeting will be a ministerial declaration negotiated by the African LDCs and Haiti. The outcome is expected to outline the need for, and the expected components of, a renewed partnership for development between the LDCs and their development partners. The Africa Regional Review Outcome Document will be endorsed at the ECA Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, which is scheduled for 18 to 24 March 2020 in Addis Ababa. This outcome document will also serve as an important background document for the Inter-Governmental Preparatory Committee Meetings for the UNLDC-V to be held in New York from 27-30 July 2020 and 11-15 January 2021.

The three-day meeting will consist of interactive panel discussions featuring the participation of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development from African LDCs and Haiti, representatives from partner countries, as well as development practitioners from international and regional organisations, the private sector, academia and civil society.


Provisional AgendaEN
Projet de Programme AnnotéFR
Concept NoteEN
Note conceptuelle préliminaireFR
Media AdvisoryEN
Logistics NoteEN
Note LogistiqueFR
Lilongwe HotelsEN
Review of Progress Made on the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020Link

The Africa Regional Review Meeting is made possible with the generous financial support of the Governments of the Republic of Turkey and the State of Qatar


11 March, 2020
13 March, 2020


Lilongwe, Malawi
Lilongwe, Malawi + Google Map