22 December, 2017 – The world’s poorest landlocked nations need a better deal on trade to reach sustainable development goals

Landlocked developing countries, the world’s poorest states without access to the sea, face significant challenges importing and exporting goods. This is not just due to their remote geographical locations and the vast numbers of miles and hours required to import and export, but also because of poor transport networks and lengthy and cumbersome customs and border controls.

New global networks of trade and transport should be opening up landlocked nations to world markets, yet it takes on average 49 days for landlocked developing countries to import and 41 days to export, almost twice the time taken by neighboring countries.

The cost to export one container from a landlocked developing country has been estimated at US$ 3,444 and US$ 4,344 to import. Comparatively, neighbouring countries face much lower average costs for containers of US$ 1,301 to export and US$ 1,559 to import. This has a significant impact on the types of produce that can be exported products.

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Trade and my Breakfast

NEW YORK, 12 December 2017 – In a famous quote, Martin Luther King once said “before you’ve finished your breakfast this morning, you’ll have relied on half the world .“

I know, early mornings are not the ideal time to ask yourself where your tea comes from or your coffee, where the ingredients of your muesli may be produced, where the banana you may eat grew and why sugar price may have gone up again. In all likeliness, you will also not ask yourself where the components of your smart phone come from.

Trade is as old as humanity. Trade has shaped societies, culture and the world economy for centuries. Trade has made and broken empires, fueled conflicts but also brought hope, peace and prosperity to communities.

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World’s poorest countries call for greater support to ensure long-term, sustainable growth

Representatives from the world’s poorest countries, meeting in Dhaka, have called on the international community to provide greater support as they strive to develop socially, economically and environmentally.

Co-organised by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States and the Government of Bangladesh, the meeting brings together countries who have already graduated and those aspiring to progress out of the category of Least Developed Country, in addition to development partners, private sector, civil society, international organisations and development banks.

Technology Bank for world’s poorest countries set to start operations in 2018

NEW YORK, 21 November 2017 –The Council of the Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries concluded its inaugural meeting in New York today. The Council members met to discuss and adopt the programme of work and budget for activities in 2018.

Council members, meeting in New York, agreed that in 2018 the Technology Bank will focus on preparing a number of STI  reviews and technology needs assessments in the world’s poorest countries. The Institution will also work in collaboration with other UN entities on promoting digital access to research and technical knowledge.

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Climate Change: the world’s poorest will judge us by action

BONN, 16 November 2017 – Two years ago, 197 parties came together in Paris and agreed to the historical Paris Framework. Since that December 2015, we all have seen countless pictures of utterly devastating floods, wildfires, hurricanes happening more and more frequently all over our planet mainly affecting the poorest among us.

The pictures may appear remote to our own lives when we look at them in the safety of our houses on our screens. They are often a mere flash in the evening news. They may give rise to a family discussion, for others they induce anxiety, but none of the pictures can ever fully convey the utter devastation affected families are left with, the suffering of children left orphaned, the despondency of adolescents not seeing a future, the broken elderly person left without hope.

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UN-OHRLLS finalist for UN Secretary General Awards 2017

UN-OHRLLS is delighted to have been listed as a finalist for the 2017 UN Secretary General Awards for championing the SDGs. The Office was recognised for our work on the establishment of a new UN entity, the Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries and achievement of SDG 17.8  

The creation of the Technology Bank marks the first SDG target to be achieved, SDG 17.8. The UN-OHRLLS team successfully brought all stakeholders together towards achieving the first SDG target.

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Building brighter future for people living in least developed countries

NEW YORK, 10 October 2017 – A new report by UN-OHRLLS, Promoting Investment for Energy Access in Least Developed Countries, highlights the significant progress made by a number of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) since 2011 in increasing electrification rates. Advancements have also been made in expanding electricity generation from renewables, implementing effective sustainable energy promotion programmes and attracting financial resources. Despite this progress, only 38 % of the LDC population have access to electricity.

The report highlights how the primary challenge for LDCs is to rapidly step up a sustainable energy transition so that considerable progress can be made towards achieving national targets and international goals, such as those set out in the Istanbul Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda.

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