Achieving the Istanbul Programme of Action by 2020

Tracking Progress, Accelerating Transformations

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Achieving the Istanbul Programme of Action by 2020: Tracking Progress, Accelerating Transformations is the second contribution from the LDC IV Monitor – an independent partnership set up to assess the outcome of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UN LDC IV) with a view to accelerating the delivery of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA).

The volume highlights recent critical achievements and missed opportunities for the LDCs in the context of an unfavourable global economic environment and inadequate delivery of global commitments. Along with this, it focuses on four specific themes: structural transformation and export diversification in the LDCs; prospects of graduation of countries from the LDC group; implications of the 2030 Agenda in view of LDC concerns; and new challenges facing LDCs in their pursuit for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Monitor’s earlier contributions included a set of two reports tracking the state of implementation of the IPoA - a volume on Analytical Perspectives and a Synthesis Report which captured the broad messages and key recommendations.




Implication of the 2030 Agenda for the Istanbul Programme of Action

A strong argument can be made that the 2030 Agenda, captured in the 17 goals and 169 targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provides an important opportunity to realise the work plan set out in the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), by way of drawing synergies and establishing coherence between these two aspirational documents. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to state that least developed countries (LDCs)—the most vulnerable among the developing countries—are likely to emerge as the battleground for implementation of the SDGs. As it happens, 2016 marks the beginning of the SDGs as well as the midpoint of the period of implementation of IPoA, which was geared towards helping the LDCs undertake a transformational journey over the period 2011–2020 (UN, 2011). Similarly, when the implementation period for IPoA approaches the finishing line in 2020, it will also likely be time for the first review of implementation of the SDGs. Also, the end period of the Programme of Action of the possible LDC V coincides with the end of the implementation period of the SDGs: 2030.


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