Building brighter future for people living in least developed countries

NEW YORK, 10 October 2017 – A new report by UN-OHRLLS, Promoting Investment for Energy Access in Least Developed Countries, highlights the significant progress made by a number of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) since 2011 in increasing electrification rates. Advancements have also been made in expanding electricity generation from renewables, implementing effective sustainable energy promotion programmes and attracting financial resources. Despite this progress, only 38 % of the LDC population have access to electricity.

The report highlights how the primary challenge for LDCs is to rapidly step up a sustainable energy transition so that considerable progress can be made towards achieving national targets and international goals, such as those set out in the Istanbul Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda.

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Multilateral Agreement on the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries Enters into Force

NEW YORK, 6 October 2017 – The first intergovernmental entity to support the world’s 32 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) has been operationalised as the Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries enters into force today.

Press Briefing: Entry into Force of the Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries, New York

The Think Tank will be a centre of excellence for high quality research and policy advice on strengthening analytical capacities of LLDCs in the key areas of economic growth and poverty reduction.  The entity will work closely with various partners and stakeholders to shore up effective cooperation with and among the group of LLDCs. The Think Tank will also strengthen the collective voice of the LLDCs in global dialogue especially at the United Nations and at the World Trade Organization. The Think Tank was proposed by the Government of Mongolia with the support of the group of LLDCs and is located in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the operationalization of the Think Tank, saying: “Landlocked developing countries face unique and formidable obstacles. This milestone achievement will help these countries forge effective partnerships and realize their sustainable development aspirations.”

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Strengthening collaboration to support world’s 32 landlocked developing countries

NEW YORK, 5 October 2017 – The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) renewed their working relationship today with the signing of a memorandum of understanding to draw on their respective strengths in jointly supporting landlocked developing countries to implement the Vienna Programme of Action.

Ms. Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States and Mr. Jens Hügel, Head – Goods Transport and Sustainable Development representing the International Road Transport Union (IRU)

Through the MoU, the two entities will advocate for key issues related to transit transport. These include: improving border crossings, developing regional transport corridors, private sector partnerships and trade facilitation for the world’s 32 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and their transit partners. Furthermore, the two organisations will assist LLDCs and transit neighbours to improve transit transport operations. Joint action-oriented projects are also envisioned under the MoU, with the view of assisting LLDCs in implementing the Vienna Programme of Action and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries Operationalized

NEW YORK, 22 September 2017 – The Technology Bank, a new body dedicated to the least developed countries was operationalized today, with the signing of the Host Country Agreement and the Contribution Agreement between the Government of Turkey and the United Nations. This marks an important milestone in global efforts to strengthen the science, technology and innovation capacity in the world’s 47 least developed countries.

Ms. Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States and H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey sign the Host Country Agreement for the Technology Bank

The new Bank will contribute to the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target 17.8 and respond to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s principle of “leaving no one behind”.

The Technology Bank will be located in Gebze, Turkey.  The new Bank is expected to improve the utilization of scientific and technological solutions in the world’s poorest countries and promote the integration of least developed countries into the global knowledge-based economy.  This will be achieved through improving technology-related policies and facilitating the access to appropriate technologies.

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World’s least developed countries face significant challenges in implementing the Istanbul Programme of Action and the Sustainable Development Goals

NEW YORK, 19 July 2017 – The world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are facing significant challenges in implementing the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) and the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the latest edition of the State of the Least Developed Countries report by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).  The fourth edition of the report – launched today in New York – focuses on the financing of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the LDCs.

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UN-OHRLLS welcomes Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu as the new High-Representative and Under-Secretary-General

Following her appointment by The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu of Tonga has started her position as the new High-Representative and Under-Secretary-General for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu brings with her a wealth of national, regional and international experience at various senior leadership levels, with a strategic perspective for the mandate of UN-OHRLLS and on building consensus among key stakeholders.

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