Securing the Outcome of the UN LDC IV: The Need for an Independent Monitoring Mechanism

Date period
25 August 2011

SummaryIn May 2011, the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UN LDC IV) concluded after a five day summit in Istanbul, Turkey. Heads of states, international agencies and civil society representatives gathered to address the vulnerability of the LDCs and to set out a development strategy in favour of the countries most in need. This strategy is the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). It is divided into 8 priority areas such as productive capacity; agriculture, food security and rural development; trade; commodities; human and social development; multiple crisis and other emerging challenges; mobilizing financial resources for development and capacity-building; and good governance at all levels. These areas embrace 47 goals and targets, subdivided into 244 single actions. (16 joint actions, 126 by LDCs, 102 by development partners).

Since the predecessor, the Brussels Programme of Action, has shown shortfalls in its implementation and monitoring mechanism, this policy brief constitutes the conceptual base for a new project which aims at conducting an independent monitoring of the IPOA that ICTSD intends to carry out together with other partner organizations, including the Centre for Policy Dialogue, the Commonwealth Secretariat, FERDI, Galatasaray University, the OECD Development Centre, and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation. This process is aimed at being a compliment to other monitoring mechanisms and intends at helping to improve the efficacy of the IPoA's implementation.