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Short courses for Permanent Missions in Geneva
Organized by the Division on Technology and Logistics, Knowledge Development Branch
Policy Capacity Building Section / P166 Courses
LDCs development challenges and policies in the 2020s
Palais des Nations, Geneva (Room XXIV)
Tuesday, 3 May 2022 (10:00 to 13:00)

The international community in December 2021 agreed to recommend for adoption the Programme of Action (PoA) for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2022-2031. It should provide a framework for policy action on LDC development during the 2020s, to be undertaken both by LDCs themselves and by LDC development partners. The course will analyse the priorities set out in the new PoA, compare it with the SDGs and evaluate its likely contribution to LDCs’ weathering their current and emerging development challenges.

The objectives of the course are as follows:

  • Provide an overall picture of the major development challenges of the LDCs in the 2020s. These challenges include: 1. the lingering structural vulnerabilities typical of LDC underdevelopment, and 2. emerging challenges such as the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the acceleration of climate change, the restructuring of global value chains, and the digital transformation.
  • Critically analyse the likely contribution of the new PoA to LDCs’ weathering the major challenges with which they will be confronted in the present decade.
  • Provide a clear picture of the policy priorities for LDCs, in view of the process of negotiation and adoption of the new PoA.

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