logo-title-2_updated-1UN-OHRLLS is delighted to be co-organizing
a regional meeting on Sustainable Energy for African Least Developed Countries in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 5-6 December 2016. The event will bring together key stakeholders in the African energy sector, highlighting ways to effectively put energy finance in motion for the Least Developed Countries and deliver life changing benefits to vulnerable communities.

Sessions at the event will offer practical, workable solutions in areas including access to finance for energy initiatives, energy investment and business plans, benefitting from global energy initiatives, project preparation skills to attract investment and partnerships for sustainable energy. Read more

Specific challenges of vulnerable countries discussed at transport conference



Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS speaks to the media

27 November, Ashgabat – At an event focused on sustainable transport and transit solutions in countries in special situations held during the Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the international community gathered to discuss the specific challenges and solutions for vulnerable countries.  In his opening remarks as co-chair of the event, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya stressed that “sustainable transport is a challenge for all countries, but countries in special situations, including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states, face particular obstacles.” 

As the conference concludes, the international community has endorsed the ‘Ashgabat Statement’ with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks. Read more

Sustainable urbanisation vital for vulnerable countries

UN-OHRLLS highlighted the importance of sustainable urbanisation in vulnerable countries at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October. Two side events co-organised by UN-OHRLLS highlighted the special situation of small islands and least developed countries underlining the importance of reducing poverty and achieving the global sustainable development goals.

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Report Launch – State of Least Developed Countries 2016 

Front page of Flagship ReportThe world’s 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a report launched by UN-OHRLLS in New York on 13 September 2016.

State of Least Developed Countries 2016, by the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, highlights how progress towards graduation from the LDC category has accelerated with 10 LDCs currently in the graduation process.  Despite this, challenges to the sustainable development of LDCs persist, with new and increasing risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, including volatile commodity prices, major natural disasters. Read more…