Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs on “Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
Jointly organized by
The Government of Italy and UN-OHRLLS
8, 9 and 10 June 2015, Milan, Italy
The Ministerial Meeting of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) was held on 8, 9 and 10 June 2015 in the context of the Expo Milano 2015, the universal exhibition that Italy will host from May to October 2015 on the theme: “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life”.
The overall objective of the Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs was to support African LDCs to achieve internationally agreed development goals, including the attainment of the goals and targets of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), and in particular to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category.
The meeting explored concrete actions for structural socio-economic transformation of African LDCs with a view to achieving the goals of the IPoA. The meeting discussed measures to accelerate progress by African LDCs towards meeting the graduation criteria. In this respect agriculture, food security and access to energy were identified as crucial factors and were thoroughly debated during the substantive discussions during the Meeting.
The results of the Meeting will feed into the intergovernmental process related to the Post-2015 development agenda and the Third Conference on Financing for Development. Indeed, the Milan Ministerial Meeting is uniquely positioned to create an opportunity, away from UN Headquarters and the negotiating rooms, for the LDCs and their development partners to embark in an open dialogue to find a common understanding of how these processes can better integrate the key priorities, goals and targets of the IPoA and ensure that they reflect LDCs’ financing needs.