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Malawi Has an Opportunity to Achieve 100% Sustainable Energy Access by 2030

LILONGWE, 9 October 2019 – Malawi, a least developed country (LDC), has an opportunity to achieve 100% access to electricity by 2030 according to the Malawi Sustainable Energy Study launched today in the country’s capital.

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Reporting on the United Nations General Assembly through Island Voices

NEW YORK, 1 October 2019 – World leaders gathered last week at UN Headquarters to signal how they will boost action to respond to the climate emergency, ensure health and well -being of people, accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and support small island developing States.

Working behind the scenes to report on the proceedings was a group of fifteen journalists from small island developing States (SIDS) who were selected through the Island Voices journalism campaign.

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UN-OHRLLS and IRENA Agree to Support Renewable Energy Growth in World’s Most Climate Vulnerable Countries

NEW YORK, 27 September 2019 – 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 Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have today underscored their commitment to strengthen cooperation aimed at advancing renewable energy in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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High Representative Welcome Message UNGA74

NEW YORK, 20 September 2019 – The 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly is upon us. World leaders will soon gather to signal how countries will work together to tackle the climate emergency, ensure health and wellbeing of people, accelerate achievement of the SDGs and support small island developing States.


São Tomé and Príncipe Prepares to Graduate from Least Developed Country Status

SAO TOME, 12 September 2019 – São Tomé and Príncipe, one of the world’s forty-seven Least Developed Countries (LDCs), will graduate from the category in December 2024. After exceeding the Human Assets Index (HAI) and per capita income thresholds, São Tomé and Príncipe met the criteria for graduation in 2015.

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Video Message by High Representative to 10th General Meeting of CARICOM and UN system

The Tenth General Meeting between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its associated institutions and the United Nations (UN) system was convened at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on 23 and 24 July 2019.  High Representative Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu spoke via video message.


Cabo Verde hosts UN Meeting on Localising SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States

PRAIA, 25 July 2019 – Government representatives from small islands and the United Nations are meeting in Cabo Verde over the next two days to strengthen coordination of efforts to localize the SAMOA Pathway* and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in small island developing States (SIDS).

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Aid for Trade — Global review 2019 — Session 61 : LDC Graduation: Supporting inclusive and sustainable development in graduating LDCs

GENEVA, 3 July 2019 – The Aid for Trade Global Review 2019 took place from 3 to 5 July at the WTO under the theme “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment for Inclusive, Sustainable Development through Aid for Trade”. Session 61 focused on LDC graduation and was broadcast live. To view, click here.


Latin America and Caribbean regional meeting to review Vienna Programme of Action begins in Santiago, Chile

SANTIAGO, 11 June 2019 – Midway through the ten-year programme of action for the world’s thirty-two landlocked developing countries, officials from landlocked and transit countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region are meeting to take stock of their collective progress in implementing the Vienna Programme of Action.

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Urgent Action Needed to Scale-up Energy Access in World’s Poorest Countries

BEIJING, 31 May 2019 – Without urgent and enhanced action, the world’s forty-seven least developed countries will not achieve global sustainable energy targets by 2030. This was the backdrop to discussions which took place over the last two days at a United Nations conference on scaling-up energy access and finance in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Beijing.

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