Bangladesh and Canada lead a transformative and ambitious agenda for the 5th LDC Conference

The LDC-V conference, to be held in DOHA, Qatar in January 2022 is envisaged to be one of the biggest UN conferences in 2022. As a Co-Chair, Bangladesh will also have the opportunity to move forward

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Bangladesh and Canada lead a transformative and ambitious agenda for the 5th LDC Conference the policy times

The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau (25 May) :
Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN and Ambassador Bob Ray, Permanent Representative of Canada jointly convened the first Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting of the Fifth United Nations Conference (LDC-5) on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the UN Headquarters yesterday(24 may).

The LDC-V conference, to be held in DOHA, Qatar in January 2022 is envisaged to be one of the biggest UN conferences in 2022. As a Co-Chair, Bangladesh will also have the opportunity to move forward some of its key priorities including sustainable graduation and international support measures for graduation.

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In his capacity as the global Chair of the LDCs, the President of the Republic of Malawi Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and as the host of the LDC-5 conference, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi joined the meeting to deliver keynote speeches. Among others, President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, President of the ECOSOC Munir Akram, UN Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed OECD Development Assistance Committee Chair Ms. Susanna Moorehead, and USG, OHRLLS Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, spoke at the meeting.

Bangladesh and Canada lead a transformative and ambitious agenda for the 5th LDC Conference the policy timesHighlighting multidimensional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the LDCs, Ambassador Fatima identified access to COVID-19 vaccines as the top priority for the LDCs. She stressed the need for an incentives-based graduation package for the graduating and graduated countries from LDCs as they are at a high risk of sliding back—both by the COVID-19 impact and the loss of LDC specific support measures. She also underscored the multidimensional challenges and vulnerabilities faced by the LDCs in the areas of poverty and inequality, trade, climate change, external debt, migration and remittances.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, M.P. and Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed are expected to participate in different thematic sessions of the meeting later this week.

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