The post-2015 development framework: priorities for the least developed countries – 29 – 31 January 2014

Venue: Wiston House, London

Least developed countries (LDCs) have most at stake as the world builds a post-2015 development agenda. They suffer unacceptable deprivation, and many are ‘behind the curve’ on progress to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The event will consider what development framework the world needs for the challenges to be faced in the coming decades from the standpoint of the LDCs. It will explore how the priorities of the LDCs – including those expressed in the Istanbul Programme of Action – can be integrated in the SDGs and the post 2015 development agenda. Discussion will focus on poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, structural transformation and building of resilience in LDCs. Institutional issues and means of implementation will also be on the agenda.

An invitation only event for a maximum of 60-70 people, to enable full interaction between key individuals. Those to be invited will include:

  • Senior representatives from New York missions with direct involvement in the political process – from both LDCs and the ‘friends of LDCs’ group
  • Senior representatives from governments, particularly in LDCs
  • LDC issue experts with relevant areas of focus for the event agenda
  • Private sector and civil society representatives

The following organisations have worked together to shape the agenda for this event. It is part of a longer-term collaboration aimed at ensuring a strong voice for LDCs in the post-2015 political process and its follow-up: 

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent policy research organisation based in the UK. IIED focuses on the challenge of integrating environmental concerns into economic and social policy and practice. IIED is a member of the Independent Research Forum 2015, an alliance of think tanks from all regions committed to supporting a strong set of commitments and framework for action from the 2015 process. IIED has convened a high-level LDC Independent Expert Group on Post-2015, chaired by the former Prime Minister of Haiti Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis. This Group will be actively involved in the Wilton Park conference. 

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) is charged with assisting the United Nations Secretary-General to undertake global follow-up and monitoring of the Istanbul Programme of Action, including analytical activities on the priority areas of the Istanbul Programme in order to substantively backstop its follow up. Furthermore OHRLLS provides support to the LDC group with respect to their participation in the debates about the Post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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