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…