2015: a critical year for the Least Developed Countries

Written by Saleemul Huq on IRF2015

The post-2015 agenda sees four major strands of global decision-making come together. Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and a Senior Fellow in IIED’s Climate Change group, explains why they are so important for the Least Developed Countries.

Four major strands of global discourse come together in 2015, each with their respective negotiating tracks under the United Nations.

The relevance of all four tracks, their inter-linkages and synergies are especially significant for the poorest communities in the world and the poorest countries – which is why IIED recently hosted a retreat in New York to focus on the demands of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the post-2015 agenda.

These four strands of the post-2015 process comprise:

  1. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) currently being negotiated and due to be agreed at the UN General Assembly in New York in September this year. These follow from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were meant to be achieved by 2015
  2. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which has a long history of negotiations to agree a climate treaty, and which is heading for a key decision at its 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, France in December 2015
  3. The Financing for Development (FfD) track will also hold a major UN conference in Addis in July, where countries will seek to agree levels and ways of providing overseas development assistance (ODA) from the rich to the poor countries, and
  4. The fourth and final track is about disaster risk reduction under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) which met in Sendai, Japan, last month, agreeing the new Sendai Framework for Action (SFA) (PDF).

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