Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation in LDCs: From the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) to Building Forward Better
The Istanbul Plan of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 was adopted at the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, in Istanbul, Turkey. The overarching goal of the ten-year Programme was to overcome the structural challenges faced by LDCs in order to eradicate poverty and achieve internationally agreed development goals and enable graduation from the LDC category. The IPoA also called for the realization of the potential of South-South cooperation in LDCs in areas such as human and productive capacity-building, technical assistance and exchange of best practices.
With the conclusion of IPoA in 2020, preparations are now underway to organize the Fifth UN Conference on the LDCs (LDC5) which will be held in Doha, Qatar in January 2022. The LDC5 is expected to undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the IPoA; mobilize additional international support measures and action in favour of LDCs; and agree on a renewed partnership between LDCs and their development partners to overcome structural challenges, eradicate poverty, achieve internationally agreed development goals and enable graduation from the LDC category. The new 10-year programme of action will be adopted at a critical time, falling within the remaining 10 years of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the LDCs.
To this end, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the United Nations Office of the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (UN-OHRLLS) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in partnership with the Government of Qatar, will develop a special edition of “ Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation in LDCs: From the Istanbul Programme of Action to Building Forward Better” publication. This special edition will have a particular focus on LDCs in mapping and sharing good practices supported/contributed toward the implementation of the IPoA and the SDGs in LDCs while spotlighting the role of South-South and triangular cooperation in supporting sustainable development including relevant and scalable efforts in the context of COVID-19 pandemic recovery.
To develop this special edition, the three partner agencies invite the Member States, UN agencies, and partner organizations to submit South-South and triangular good practices that have supported/ contributed toward the implementation of the IPoA and the SDGs in LDCs.
The publication will be launched at the Ministerial Meeting on South-South Cooperation to be held during LDC5 that will take place in Doha, Qatar in January 2022. It will seek to inform the discussion during the meeting and the outcomes will be reported to the plenary of the LDC5.
The deadline for submission is now extended to 15 September 2021. Please follow the guidelines provided in the submission guidance and template.