Asia-Pacific Regional Review Meeting in preparation for the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries
24 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
In line with the mandate contained in GA resolutions 73/242 and 74/232, UN-OHRLLS and UNESCAP, jointly with the Government of Bangladesh, are organizing the Asia-Pacific Regional Review meeting in preparation for UNLDC-V, in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 24 to 26 April 2020.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Review is important as 13 out of 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are located in the region. They are making considerable progress in their socio-economic development, particularly in reducing income poverty and investing in human resources and infrastructure, enabling most of the countries of this region to fulfill the criteria for graduation.
The objective of the Asia-Pacific Regional Review is to undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action in Asia-Pacific LDCs, share best practices and lessons learned and identify obstacles and constraints encountered. The meeting will identify effective international and domestic policies in the light of the outcome of the appraisal as well as new and emerging challenges and opportunities and the means to address them. The meeting is further expected to put forward specific recommendations on strategies and policy measures at the national, regional and global levels to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by the Asia-Pacific LDCs.
The outcome will be a ministerial declaration negotiated by the Asia-Pacific LDCs which will feature a strengthened and renewed partnership between the least developed countries and their development partners. This declaration will be submitted to member States at the seventy-sixth session of the Commission of the ESCAP in May 2020 and will feed into the Fifth UN Conference on LDCs. This will also serve as an important background document for the Inter-Governmental Preparatory Committee meetings for the LDC-V to be held from 27-30 September 2020 and 11-15 January 2021 in New York.