Doha Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries: CDHD Contribution to the Zero Draft

This is the CDHD's contribution to the zero draft of the Doha Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries. The LDC5 will be held in January 2022 in Doha.

General comments:

The Zero draft should mention the various efforts made to improve socio-economic conditions in LDCs since its inception in 1981. The Zero Draft should provide an assessment of these initiatives in order to perceive the level of the UN's contribution to the development of LDCs over forty years.

Achieving universal access to quality education

Primary and secondary education should be made free and compulsory in LDCs. In this regard, funding should be provided by direct foreign aid and multilateral assistance.  LDCs should be encouraged to invest more in higher education and foreign institutions should offer scholarships with fewer restrictions to students from LDCs; this commitment will improve the quality of higher education and address the problem of skills shortages