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29 November, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 30 November, 2017 @ 5:00 pm



The High-level Meeting on ‘Achieving Sustainable Graduation for the LDCs’ will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 29-30 November 2017. This meeting will be organized jointly by the Office of the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS and the Government of Bangladesh.

The meeting will assess the potential impacts of graduation on the graduating countries, make recommendations on necessary preparations to fully adapt to the changing circumstances arising from the erosion of LDC specific support and accelerate the momentum of graduation to maintain the development trajectory of the country with a view to achieving the SDGs by 2030.

Venue: Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Summary Report of the High-Level MeetingPDF
Information NotePDF
Concept Note English-PDF
Concept Note French-PDF
Final Draft ProgrammePDF
Registration form sponsored participants Word Document
Registration form NON sponsored participantsWord Document
Session 1English-PDF
Session 2English-PDF
Session 3English-PDF
Session 4English-PDF
Session 5English-PDF


Opening Statement by MP, Hon'able Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood AliPDF
Opening Statement by UN-OHRLLS, USG and High Representative, Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa UtoikamanuPDF
Opening Statement by MP, Hon'able Commerce Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Tofail AhmedPDF
Keynote Presentation on Graduation, Ms. Susanna WolfPDF
SESSION 1: Comprehensive Transition Strategy for Sustainable Graduation:
Transition Process and Post-graduation Strategies, Mr. Roland MollerusPDF
H.E. Mr. Aliioaiga Feturi ElisaiaPDF
H.E. Mr. Mikael Hemniti WintherPDF
Mr. Taufiqul RahmanPDF
SESSION 2: Seizing the Momentum of Graduation to Achieve the SDGs: Prospects and Challenges
Graduation of the least developed countries in the new Agenda for Sustainable Development
Rationale, Transition and Prospects, Professor Patrick Guillaumont
Graduation from the LDC category and regional economic cooperation and integration, Mr. Oliver PaddisonPDF
The Need for a Graduation Strategy, Case of Bangladesh, Professor M. RahmanPDF
Transformative Approach to LDC Graduation, Mr. Suresh BalakrishnaPDF
LDC Graduation Platform, Mr. Daniel GayPDF
SESSION 3: Forging Partnerships for Sustainable Graduation
The EU's support to sustainable graduation for the LDCs, Ms. Anna HarvalaPDF
Développer un partenariat pour une graduation durable, Mr. Mamadou DiaPDF-French
H.E. Ms. Sidsel BlekenPDF
In Support of Bangladesh’s Sustainable LDC Graduation, Mr. Christian Eigen-ZucchiPDF
Mr. Gauri PradhanPDF
SESSION 4: Country Case Studies and Support for Sustainable Graduation
UN/UNDP Support for a the IPoA implementation at the country level towards Sustainable Graduation, Ms. Ulrika RichardsonPDF
Graduation of Nepal from LDC Status, Mr. Bishnu Prasad LamsalPDF
Attendre Une Graduation Durable Pour PMA, Mr. Adelino Castelo DavidPDF-French
Mr. Gregoire NimbtikPDF
Sustainable Graduation: Bangladesh Case, Dr. Md. Rezaul Bashar SiddiquePDF
SESSION 5: Tools for Sustainability of Graduation
Bilateral FTAs a way forward for a graduating LDC? Mr. Riaz HamidullahPDF
Access to Sustainable Energy to Foster Sustainable Graduation, Ms. Tshering LhamoPDF
Technology Bank for LDCs, Mr. Abdul AlimPDF
Wrap-up and Closing Session
Co-chairs summary PDF


29 November, 2017 @ 8:00 am
30 November, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Dhaka, Bangladesh
Pan Pacific Sonargaon
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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