New York, 23 February 2023 (TDI): The fifth United Nations (UN) Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would take place in Doha, Qatar from 5th-9th March 2023. 

The basic theme would be “From Potential to Prosperity”, the conference would be attended by the Heads of State, governments, civil society organizations, youth, parliamentarians, and the international community.

The main objective behind the conference is to build an impetus in order to implement the Doha Programme of Action. This programme is ambitious and an agenda for the future outlook that calls to increase and improve the capacity building of LDCs. 

The key issues would be climate, risk finance and insurance, sustainable energy, resilience building, gender, youth empowerment, innovation, and digitalization, youth-centered innovative finance, trade, south-south cooperation, and knowledge sharing. 

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There would be several high-level events, ministerial meetings, and thematic roundtables with partners, to build engagement and bolster support for the LDCs. 

Capacity & capability to eradicate poverty, increase employment opportunities, achieve structural transformation, advance science, technology & innovations, economy & trade along with achieving a resilient & sustainable environment is on agenda.

The United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) along with the partners vowed a commitment in order to accelerate the implementation of the Doha Platform for Action.

The focus is the creation and maintenance of sustainable finance, energy, innovation, and digitalization. Moreover, it assists the LDCs to tackle the debt strain, enhancing domestic resource mobilization, and strengthening key national capacity challenges.

UNDP is aiming to support the multilateral systems in LDCS for increasing convergent approaches and mitigating the geopolitical tussles, geo-economics disintegration, and mitigating the climate-based crisis.

The LDCS needs heavy investments in socio-economic sectors such as health, education, and social protection systems. 

There are currently 46 countries recognized as LDC that are 33 in Africa, 12 in Asia and the Pacific, and one in the Caribbean region, some are islands, and eight are Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 

Collectively, they constitute approximately 880 million people which is 12 percent of the world population.