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The LDC Civil Society Forum will open on 26 May 2016, one day before the start of the official conference and continue until 28 May 2016.

The LDC Civil Society Forum will be open to all civil society organizations, in accordance with the modalities established by the General Assembly. Efforts will be made to ensure the participation of at least one civil society representatives from each LDC, reflecting the diverse composition of society – including gender, youth and other marginalised groups. CSOs that have Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) or that were accredited to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) and those specifically accredited to the Conference will be able to participate in the Midterm Review.

Opening: Tentative Programme Agenda Civil Society Programme


Please submit your application to participate at the Midterm Review at http://www.un-ngls.org/index.php/ldc-mid-term-review/registration

LDC Watch is organizing the Civil Society Forum at the High-Level Midterm Review.

The objectives of the Global Civil Society Forum of the LDCs are as follows:

– To assess (follow up) the implementation status of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) from the perspective of LDC Civil Society, especially with regards to the progress towards meeting the graduation criteria and challenges related to graduation of respective LDCs.

– To further advance the cause of effective participation of LDC Civil Society in the official process of the UNOHRLLS and other relevant UN agencies.

– To strongly raise the concerns and issues faced by LDC Civil Society in the UN Defined 48 LDCs in regards to the progress towards meeting the graduation criteria and related challenges.

– To act as partner and pressure group to respective LDCs as well as non LDC governments to sincerely follow up on the effective implementation of the IPoA.

– To build linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed goals (IAGs) with the IPoA for its effective implementation in action.

The provisional agenda of the Civil Society Forum is available here.