Equatorial Guinea graduates from the category of Least Developed Countries
Equatorial Guinea, 34 years after its inclusion, graduated from the category the LDC category on 4 June 2017, following a transition period of three and a half years after the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of resolution A/RES/68/18 of 4 December 2013, which took note of the decision of the Economic and Social Council E/RES/2012/32 to endorse the recommendation of the Committee for Development Policy on this matter.
Equatorial Guinea is the fifth country graduating since the creation of the category in 1971. Previously, Botswana (1994), Cabo Verde (2007), Maldives (2011) and Samoa (2014) also graduated. Vanuatu and Angola are scheduled to graduate in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
With the graduation of Equatorial Guinea, there are still 33 LDCs in Africa, 13 in Asia and the Pacific and 1 in Latin America and the Caribbean, totaling 47 LDCs.
The costly effects of disasters on vulnerable countries around the world are being highlighted in Cancun this week at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Newly appointed High-Representative and Under-Secretary-General for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is attending the event to stress the special needs of vulnerable countries. Throughout several high-level events she will emphasize that losses from disasters are depriving vulnerable countries of scarce resources which could be spent in areas such as quality education, health and infrastructure which are vital to eradicating extreme poverty and ensuring more resilient, productive and peaceful societies.
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.
The Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States was established 15 years ago. This special magazine reflects on progress made during the last decade and a half and looks forward to consider the future for the world’s vulnerable countries….