The regional preparations will bring the regional perspectives into the review process. The regional process should build on country experiences with the aim of identifying regional constraints, challenges and policy priorities, including the role and contribution of regional institutions and actors. The regional reviews will also provide an effective forum to review the contribution of regional trading arrangements and the role of regional economic communities in fostering a better integration of the LDCs in the global economy.

Given their responsibility for regional integration and regional cooperation, as well as for support towards the sustainable development of countries of the region and the unique mandate for analytical, normative and operational activities the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) (for the least developed countries in Africa plus Haiti) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) (for the least developed countries in Asia and the Pacific plus Yemen), will play a lead role in the preparation and organization of the regional review meetings with the overall coordination and guidance of the UNOHRLLS.

The Economic Commission for Western Asia and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean are also invited to contribute to the midterm review.

The regional review meetings should be organized in the context of the annual session of the commission sessions of UNECA and UNESCAP where Haiti and Yemen will join respectively as was the case for the preparatory process of the Istanbul Conference.


4-6 March 2015: High-Level Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the IPoA in Asia and the Pacific

The Royal Government of Cambodia organized, jointly with UNESCAP, a High-Level Policy Dialogue in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 4 to 6 March 2015. The meeting was attended by senior government officials and other stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, civil society representatives and development partners. The Outcome document entitled “The Siem Reap Angkor Outcome Document” was produced as a result of the deliberations. The Meeting requested to the Government of Cambodia to transmit the Outcome to the seventy-first session of UNESCAP as a basis for the midterm review of the IPoA.

Documents:

Outcome Document


25-27 March 2015: Eight Joint Annual Meetings of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the UNECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

The 8th Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee, composed by ministers of finance, monetary affairs, economic planning and integration,  and the UNECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, discussed during the expert segment, which took place in Addis-Ababa from 25 to 27 March 2015, progress on the implementation of the IPoA in the African continent.

The Ministerial Statement included references to the state of progress on the implementation of the IPoA.

Documents:

Progress in the implementation of the priority areas of the Istanbul Programme of Action for least developed countries

Ministerial Statement


5 May 2015: Regional Preparatory mid-term review meeting of the IPoA in Africa

UNECA, in collaboration with OHRLLS, organized an Expert Group Meeting to review the implementation of the IPoA in the region. The deliberations of this regional preparatory meeting fed into the African LDC Ministerial Meeting that was hosted by the Italian Government in Milan from June 8 to 10 2015.


27 May 2015: Meeting of the Special Body on least developed, landlocked developing and Pacific island developing countries

UNESCAP discussed the state of the implementation of the IPoA in LDCs of Asia and the Pacific in the context of the Special Body on least developed, landlocked developing and Pacific island developing countries on 27 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The summary of a preparatory meeting – which took place a day prior the meeting of the Special Body – was presented to the participants as well as the highlights of the High-level Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the IPoA – which took place in Cambodia on 4-6 March 2015.

The aforementioned preparatory meeting prior to the meeting of the Special Body reviewed and discussed development issues pertinent to the LDCs and provided recommendations.

Documents:

Draft Concept Note of the Special Body

Tentative Programme on Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries

Concept Note on Preparatory Meeting of the Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries

Tentative Programme on Preparatory Meeting of the Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries