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Meeting of the National Focal Points of the Least Developed Countries on the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA)

12 July, 2018 - 13 July, 2018

With two years away from the 2020 target date of the IPoA, it is timely for LDCs to review policy interventions aimed at building productive capacity and fostering structural transformation. The annual meeting of NFPs provides an opportunity for LDCs to learn from each other’s best practices and identify a range of effective policy options to accelerate implementation of the IPoA. This year, the meeting will also address statistical constraint of LDCs in monitoring the implementation of the IPoA, and discuss tailored support for capacity building. Given the close relationship between structural transformation and graduation, the meeting will also take stock of progress concerning graduation from the LDC category, and exchange views on enhanced support to graduating and graduated LDCs to ensure sustainable graduation.   

The meeting will be attended by designated National Focal Points of LDCs. Relevant UN agencies including UNCTAD, UNDP, DESA, regional commissions such as ECA and ESCAP, as well as the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS 21) are also invited to attend.

Important Documents

Concept Note

Programme French

Programme English

Summary Report of the meeting


Session 1: Achieving structural transformation and economic growth in LDCs: challenges and opportunities

Expanding productive capacity: Lessons learned from graduating LDCs- Matthias Bruckner, CDP/DESA

Structural Transformation-Raymond Landveld, UNCTAD

National Presentations

Bangladesh Graduation from LDCs: Challenges & Opportunities – Monowar Ahmed, Bangladesh

Achieving structural transformation and economic growth in Myanmar: challenges and opportunities– Moh Moh Naing, Myanmar

National Statement– Josphine Chewe, Zambia

Session 2: Monitoring the implementation of the IPoA and SDGs: A focus on data challenges

Istanbul Programme of action (2011-2020) Preliminary findings- El Iza Mohamedou, Paris 21 Secretariat

Strengthening Statistical Capacity in LDCs– Ronald Jansen, DESA

Filling Data Gaps in the SDG Indicator Framework- Michael Landau, MPWR DATA/CTI Africa

National Presentations

Suivi des ODD et du PAI- Mamadou Dia, Senegal

Monitoring the Implementation of the IPOA and SDGs– Khomraj Koirala, Nepal

Coordination and Monitoring: Implementation of the IPoA and SDGs in Afghanistan– Hassan Soroosh, Afghanistan

Session 3: Graduation from LDC status and enhanced support measures for graduating and graduated LDCs

Graduation from LDC status- Matthias Bruckner, CDP/DESA

Smooth Transition Measures- Susanna Wolf, OHRLLS

National Presentations

Achieving Sustainable Graduation– Dechen Pelmo, Bhutan

National Statement– Anouparb Vongnorkeo, Lao PDR




12 July, 2018
13 July, 2018