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A message from United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Over the past 15 years, the international community has made great progress in the struggle to achieve a more just, peaceful and sustainable world for all. This era has seen the end of the Millennium Development Goals, the largest anti-poverty campaign in history, as well as the start of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an even more ambitious bid to usher in a life of dignity for all. At the same time, the world has taken a collective step forward with the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which holds the promise to protect our planet for future generations. 

Nowhere are these achievements and imperatives felt more acutely than in vulnerable countries, and no entity has done more for their interests than the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. 

For a decade and a half, it has coordinated and mobilized the international community to advance development agendas of the three country groups, providing vital assistance in carrying out global agreements affecting their needs and concerns. 

UN-OHRLLS has also supported the engagement of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States in inter-governmental negotiations. This has helped to amplify the voices of those most in need and bring their perspectives to global debates and decision-making.  

As we enter a new era for sustainable development, the work of UN-OHRLLS remains crucially important. Our pledge to leave no one behind requires placing the most vulnerable communities in the world at the forefront of our transformative campaign for a life of dignity for all. 

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