The LDC Graduation Pathway Must Not Disrupt Overall Sustainable Development, Says UN Deputy Chief

Intiqab Rawoof

March 10, 2023


The least developed countries (LDCS) are facing a pathway to graduation from the category that will be “riddled with added crises,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Thursday, and urged the international community to work together so those countries can build resilience to recover from current and future shocks and sustain progress.

She was speaking at a roundtable at the Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), in Doha, Qatar, where other participants stressed that graduation from LDC category must be sustainable and irreversible.

Speakers argued that the appeal for continued and innovative financing and support measures “has fallen on deaf ears”, as the LDC5 held the last of its eight high-level thematic round tables: ‘Supporting Sustainable & Irreversible Graduation from the LDC Category’.