Achieving the Istanbul Programme of Action by 2020

Tracking Progress, Accelerating Transformations

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Contributors: LDCIV Monitor
Publication date: 29 August 2016
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-148-4
Pages: 76

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.


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About LDC IV Monitor
Foreword by Under-Secretary-General Gyan C Acharya, Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, UNOHRLLS
Foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Preface from the Chair
List of figures
List of tables
Abbreviations and acronyms

Executive summary

1. Structural Economic Transformation and Export Diversification in the Least Developed Countries
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Reaching the IPoA growth targets
1.3 Targeting trade as a driver of structural economic transformation
1.4 Structural economic transformation-related targets
1.5 Concluding remarks
Notes
References

2. Prospects of Graduation for Least Developed Countries: What Structural Change?
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Graduation constrained by the rules applied
2.3 No more than one fifth of LDCs likely to reach the one half IPoA goal
2.4 Better long-term prospects
2.5 How fast has the change been in the structural features of graduating LDCs?
2.6 Making graduation rules more consistent with structural transformation
2.7 Concluding remarks
Notes
References

3. Implication of the 2030 Agenda for the Istanbul Programme of Action
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Midterm review of IPoA implementation and benchmarking the 2030 Agenda for LDCs
3.3 Leveraging ODA for SDGs and IPoA
3.4 Challenges in attaining the SDGs in LDCs
3.5 Concluding remarks
Notes
References
Annex 3.1: Data availability situation concerning selected indicators in LDCs

4. Obstacles to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Emerging Global Challenges and the Performance of the Least Developed Countries
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Challenges to meeting the SDGs
4.3 Implications for the international community and development strategy
Notes
References

About the Authors