On July 14, Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), co-hosted a virtual event on the sidelines of the 2021 High-level Political Forum (HLPF). Under the theme of “Building back better to realize the SDGs in LDCs: Accelerating action to achieve inclusive, sustainable, resilient recovery – approaches on the road to the LDC5 conference in Doha,” prominent figures and experts were invited to give speeches and take part in a panel discussion, including HE Ban Ki-moon, President and Chair of GGGI and Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, and HE Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Director-General of QFFD.
The aim of the event was to bring together high-level representatives from least developed countries (LDCs) and leading experts from international organizations to discuss ways in which the international community could help speed up the acceleration of climate action post-COVID-19, especially in LDCs and Small Island Developing States. It also served as a platform to reflect on the importance of ensuring international support measure, building back better policies and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Given that most LDCs have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the progress on advancing the SDGs has declined or reversed. During the event, panelists emphasized the importance of taking urgent action to deliver inclusive and tangible solutions to build back better to achieve the SDGs, especially in key areas such as reducing poverty, improving health, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and taking action to combat climate change.
“We convene today to reflect and look ahead at how we can collectively respond better to the needs of LDCs, where can we come in meaningfully, and how can we ensure a holistic programme that promotes a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery whilst addressing the root causes of vulnerability – a programme that truly puts the LDCs at the forefront of the global development agenda, to be integrated into the Programme of Action foreseen to be adopted during the upcoming UN 5th Conference on Least Developed Countries to be hosted by Doha. “ Said HE Mr.Khalifa Al-Kuwari, QFFD’s Director General.
“Least developed countries are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change but have the least access to technology or finance to increase their climate resilience and achieve carbon neutrality. GGGI supports countries from the planning stage, to setting climate policies, to developing green and climate investment projects, and to mobilizing green investment and climate finance. GGGI will continue to accelerate the green transformation in its member countries and regional integration organizations to stop the climate crisis and build back better,” said Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of GGGI.
The virtual event provided an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to address a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 with a focus on SDG 2, 3, 8 and 13. The outcome of the discussion will feed into the Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) to be hosted by the State of Qatar in Doha in early 2022.