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

19 July 2017, New York -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.  

Ahead of the IPoA’s 2020 deadline, the average GDP growth for these countries remains low at 3.8 per cent in 2015, the lowest rate in the past two decades and well below the 7 per cent target set by the IPoA and SDG 8. Although foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the LDCs have increased significantly, there have been wide fluctuations in year on year levels; with an increase from US$41 billion to US$44 billion in 2015, followed by a decline of 13 per cent in 2016 to US$38 billion. These challenges are partly driven by the fall in commodity prices and the high vulnerability of LDCs to natural disasters and epidemics such as Ebola.

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Vulnerable countries must be at the forefront of disaster risk reduction efforts

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.

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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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UN-OHRLLS celebrates 15 years since establishment

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….

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Special magazine to mark 15 years supporting vulnerable countries 

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