National Consultation on Nepal’s Graduation from the LDC Category, Implementation of IPoA and SDGs Held

National Consultation on Nepal’s Graduation from the LDC Category, Implementation of IPoA and SDGs Held

About Us



LDC Watch is a global network of national, regional and international civil society organisations (CSOs), alliances and movements based in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), defined by the United Nations (UN). It acts as a coordinating body for LDC civil society to advocate, campaign and network for the implementation of the Doha Programme of Action (DPoA) for LDCs for the Decade 2022-2031 and other Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs) such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the past and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at present. 

LDC Watch strives to go beyond the DPoA in addressing poverty, hunger, social injustices and human rights in the LDCs. LDC Watch, therefore, has been raising its voice and articulating its perspectives in a multi-stakeholder framework, engaging with the UN, LDC governments and their development partners, both as partner and pressure groups. 

LDC Watch has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is accredited to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Brussels to Istanbul

LDC Watch evolved out of the NGO Forum process that was held in parallel to the Third UN Conference on LDCs (LDC-III) in Brussels in 2001. By the end of the decade, LDC Watch firmly established its position as the foremost representative of LDC civil society. The Office of the UN Secretary-General mandated LDC Watch, as its civil society partner, to globally coordinate the civil society track towards and at the LDC-IV, which culminated with a parallel Civil Society Forum. The Civil Society Forum Declaration is acknowledged in Paragraph 17 of the Istanbul Political Declaration.

At the present, it has been continuing its policy advocacy and campaigns towards monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the DPoA as well as defending the interests of the LDCs mainly in the international trade (World Trade Organisation), climate (UNFCCC) and Post-2015/SDGs negotiations. 


LDC Watch envisions a world - free of LDCs - fully enjoying justice, dignity, peace and human rights.


LDC Watch aims to draw on the strength, expertise and commitment of LDC civil society to engage with their governments and the international community towards effective implementation of the IPoA including other IADGs such as the newly adopted SDGs.


  • To increase awareness on the IPoA and its implementation, with LDC and global civil society, parliamentarians, LDC governments and development partners, the UN system, international organisations, multilateral institutions and the media, as relevant stakeholders.
  • To enhance the capacity of LDC civil society to effectively advocate, campaign and network with relevant stakeholders for the implementation of the IPoA.
  • To promote increased attention and delivery of the specific commitments to LDCs in the global development processes and other IADGs, such as the SDGs, the Financing for Development (FfD), and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), South-South Cooperation, the  UNFCCC and the WTO.
  • To build and expand the LDC Watch network as a stronger representative of LDC civil society.
  • To enhance alliance-building and networking with global civil society, in the South and North, for effective advocacy and campaigns toward LDC-specific global commitments.

Key Advocacy and Campaigns of LDC Watch

  • Towards a World Free of LDCs: IPoA & Graduation
  • NO SDGs without LDCs!
  • Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice
  • Fair Trade NOT Free Trade
  • Right to Food Sovereignty
  • Full and Unconditional Cancellation of LDC Debt

LDC Watch Alliances and Partners

LDC Watch aims to enhance alliance-building and networking with global civil society, in the South and North, for effective advocacy and campaigns toward LDC-specific global commitments. Key partners include the South Asia Alliance on Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), People’s SAARC, Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Our World is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network, Social Watch, Third World Network (TWN), Friends of the Earth, and the media partner of LDC Watch, the LDC Watch News Service.

How can you be a part of LDC Watch?

LDC Watch has national focal points in LDCs to coordinate and expand the constituency at the national level. You and your organisation can be a part of LDC Watch by reaching out to the national focal points.


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Contact LDC Watch

International Secretariat

LDC Watch

P.O.Box: 8130, 288 Gairidhara Marg, Gairidhara

Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: +977 1 4004507, 4004985, 4004976

Fax: +977 1 4004508





European Co-ordination Office

115 Rue Stevin, B – 1000, Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +322 231 1659

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