ICT can help weak countries jump development hurdles

NEW YORK, 26 March 2008: Entrepreneurship in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector needs to be recognized as a necessary ingredient for sustainable development, says Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries [...]

Poor roads keeping Africa poor – UN adviser on Africa

WASHIGTON, 22 February 2008 – The sorry state of Africa’s transport and communication systems remains a major hindrance to the continent’s efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals. In some African countries, transport costs account for as high as 77% [...]

No more an LDC, Cape Verde looks to build on economic gains

UNITED NATIONS, 19 February 2008: Cape Verde is looking towards new challenges after its graduation from the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs). At the end of last year, this African island country ceased to be one of the LDCs [...]

Climate change fund for Small Island Developing States launched

New York, 15 February 2008: A fund to support Small Island Developing States in responding to the challenges posed by climate change has been launched, with an initial contribution of one million euros by Greece. The Global Island Green Finance [...]

Secretary-General names Cheick Sidi Diarra Special Advisor on Africa and High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS

UNITED NATIONS, 22 January 2008: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Cheick Sidi Diarra of Mali as the Special Advisor on Africa and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island [...]