Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the Follow-up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries Resolution

Jesse Walter
Adviser for ECOSOC
New York, New York
November 23, 2021


The United States appreciates the facilitator’s successful shepherding of this resolution. We are pleased to join consensus on this resolution.

As we seek to address the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19, the United States is committed to supporting our LDC partners and friends. The ongoing LDC5 negotiation is an important opportunity to work together to support LDCS.

Regarding references to Official Developmental Assistance (ODA) in OP12, the United States does not accept language calling on developed countries to increase their ODA commitments, noting that the emphasis should be on other forms of developmental finance.

The United States notes that the terms “adequate” and “predictable” in OP29 have no agreed-upon international definition. In the absence of any common understanding of what constitutes adequate and predictable, we should use more inclusive terms that better reflect finance sourced from both the public and private sector.

Finally, we refer you to our general statement, delivered on November 18, 2021, which addresses our position regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including references to specific targets in OP25, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, illicit financial flows, concessional finance, and characterizations of trade and technology transfer.