4 Dec 2013 – GA adopts Resolution on Graduation of Equatorial Guinea and Vanuatu

The United Nations General Assembly on December 4, 2013  adopted  Resolution  A/68/L.20 which  took note of the decision of the Economic and Social Council to endorse the recommendation of the Committee for Development Policy that Equatorial Guinea be graduated from the category of least developed countries, and decides to provide Equatorial Guinea, on an exceptional basis, with an additional preparatory period of six months before the start of the three-year preparatory period leading to graduation. The GA also invited Equatorial Guinea to prepare, during the three and a half year period between the adoption of the present resolution and its graduation from the least developed country category, its national smooth-transition strategy, with the support of the United Nations system and in cooperation with its bilateral and multilateral development and trading partners.

The Resolution also took note of the decision of the Economic and Social Council to endorse the recommendation of the Committee for Development Policy that Vanuatu be graduated from the least developed country category, and decides to provide Vanuatu, on an exceptional basis, with an additional preparatory period of one year before the start of the three-year preparatory period leading to graduation.Further, the GA invited Vanuatu to prepare, during the four-year period between the adoption of the present resolution and its graduation from the least developed country category, its national smooth-transition strategy, with the support of the United Nations system and in cooperation with its bilateral and multilateral development and trading partners.

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Resolution A/68/L.20 on graduation of Equatorial Guinea and Vanuatu