What is Doha Political Declaration?

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Doha Political Declaration was adopted by the head of the states at the recently concluded Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5).

About Doha Political Declaration:

  • It is a key outcome of the second part of the LDC5 conference held under the theme “From Potential to Prosperity” in Qatar.
  • The declaration welcomed the Doha Programme of Action (DPoA)  and strongly committed to its implementation throughout the coming decade. 
  • The declaration also requested the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to ensure the full mobilization and coordination of all parts of the UN system to facilitate coordinated implementation of the Doha Programme of Action

What is the Doha Programme of Action (DPoA)?

  • The DPoA for the Least Developed Countries was adopted at the first part of the LDC5 conference held in New York in 2022.
  • It is a 10-year plan to put the world’s 46 most vulnerable countries back on track to achieving the UN-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 
  • DPoA (2022-2031) consisted of six key focus areas:
    • eradicating poverty;
    • leveraging the potential of science and technology;
    • addressing climate change;
    • environmental degradation;
    • recovering from COVID-19 pandemic;
    • building resilience against future shocks for risk-informed sustainable development;

Least developed countries (LDCs):

  • They are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development.
  • They are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks.
  • There are currently 46 countries on the list of LDCs which is reviewed every three years by the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the UN.
  • LDCs have exclusive access to certain international support measures, particularly in the areas of development assistance and trade.


Q1) What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)?

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. In 2015, all the countries in the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It sets out 17 Goals, which include 169 targets.

Source: Doha Political Declaration adopted by world leaders to fast-track progress in least developed countries