Press Release

Nepal, Bangladesh and Lao People's Democratic Republic to join the South-South Exchange on Preparing Smooth Transition Strategies: Graduating Cohort of 2021

22 August 2022

Kathmandu, 22 August 2022: From 23 to 25 August 2022, Government officials and representatives from private sector, academia, research institute and civil society from Nepal, Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and Bangladesh, and the UN development system, will gather in Bangkok, Thailand to attend a South-South Exchange on Preparing Smooth Transition Strategies: The Graduating Cohort of 2021.


The event is organised by the Offices of the UN Resident Coordinators, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, and Economic and Social Affairs Commission for Asia and the Pacific, delivered through iGRAD (Sustainable Graduation Support Facility) and funded by UNDESA’s Peace Development Fund project.


This initiative is part of the on-going support by the UN Development System for Nepal, Bangladesh and Lao PDR as the only three countries recommended by the CDP for graduation during the ongoing global pandemic to develop the national Smooth Transition Strategies (STS) for sustainable graduation.


“The Nepal Delegation, led by Mr. Kewal Prasad Bhandari, Secretary of the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal comprises LDC focal points across line ministries and representatives from the private sector, research institute and civil society organization. The delegation will be accompanied by the representatives from the UN Resident Coordinator Office, UNCDF, and ILO.


Over the course of three days with eight technical sessions, the delegations from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Lao PDR will have various opportunities to experience and exchange views on the common gaps and challenges of graduation where particular focus and actions would be required during the development process of the STS, identify pathways to address those challenges and consolidate joint efforts to advocate for effective international support for the successful implementation of the STS.


For Further Information contact:

Simrika Sharma

National Information Officer

UN Information Center    


Tel: 5523200 Ext. 1510

UN entities involved in this initiative

International Labour Organization
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Capital Development Fund

Goals we are supporting through this initiative