While the world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a report launched at the United Nations today. UN-OHRLLS’ flagship report The State of Least Developed Countries 2014, details how LDCs have seen incremental economic and social gains, however they continue to be among the most vulnerable to external shocks, such as economic crises, climate-related events, natural disasters and health-related threats.More
2014 has been declared ‘The International Year of Small Island Developing States’, the first time a group of countries has been afforded such recognition.
In 2012, the combined exports of all 48 Least Developed Countries made up 1.11% of worldwide exports. Although a small percentage, this is nearly double the ﬁgure in 2001
Water and sanitation services are under-provided in Least Developed Countries – only 65% of residents have access to an improved water source.
The share of manufacturing in Least Developed Country economies is less than 10%, compared to 21% in developing countries
According to the latest national ﬁgures, over 18 million children of primary school age in Least Developed Countries are not enrolled in primary education
Access to global markets for LLDCs depends on transit neighbours to provide access the sea.
The average distance to the seaport for landlocked developing countries is 1,370 km.