Special Event to Launch the OHRLLS Flagship Report 23 October 2014

“State of the Least Developed Countries 2014” Thursday, 23 October 2014 1:15 – 2:30 p.m, Conference Room 8 instead of ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ Download Report The Permanent Mission of Benin to the United Nations and the Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS are jointly organising a special event to introduce the second edition of the OHRLLS’ Flagship Report, State of the Least Developed Countries 2014. Progress towards achieving the goals and targets of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) is mixed.  It varies across and within the eight priority areas of the Programme. There is some progress in increasing access to internet and mobile telephony networks, expanding the stock of transport infrastructure and improving the regulatory environment under which the private sector is operating.  Also, many LDCs have recorded improvements in human and social development – in particular in education, health and youth development – but these strides have not been sufficient to lift the LDCs out of poverty and social deprivation. FDI and remittances continue to grow but most recipient LDCs are yet to reap the full developmental potentials of these flows. Access to modern, sustainable and affordable sources of energy is still very limited. Ditto is the ability to generate, use, service and maintain technology and innovation. Further, most LDCs continued to face low levels of social and human development and high exposure to climate-related events, natural disasters and health-related shocks. The recent outbreak of Ebola and the challenges before affected countries—the overwhelmingly majority of which are LDCs—in curbing the disease is symptomatic of such acute vulnerability to shocks and the ability to respond effectively.  Against this backdrop, the recent decline in ODA to LDCs, which has been steeper than the reduction in aid to other developing countries, is particularly worrisome. One of the goals where limited headway has been made is that of eradicating extreme poverty, which, more than any other goal, provides a good measure of the overall success in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action. Indeed, extreme poverty remains most pervasive in LDCs.  The thematic part of the report identifies ways in which the international community could support extreme poverty eradication in LDCs, taking into account the ongoing consultations and negotiations, with a view to contributing to and complementing the  formulation of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs. *** Co-chairs: H. E. Jean Francis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of Benin, Chair of the LDC Group, and Mr. Gyan C. Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative Lead Discussants:  Prof. Augustin Fosu, Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Accra, Ghana; Mr. Moez Doraid, Director, Coordination Division, UN-WOMEN, and Mr. Willem Van der Geest, Chief, Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit, DESA.