Making progress on sustainable development, four least developed countries tapped to graduate from ranks of poorest

With increasing national earning power as well as access to better health care and education, four countries—Bhutan, Kiribati, São Tomé and Principe and Solomon Islands—will be recommended for graduation from the least developed country category, the United Nations Committee for Development Policy has announced. Read more…

 Don’t miss our social media graduation campaign and interviews with member states about what graduation means for their countries.

Read a full guide to graduation for least developed countries here

Voices of a Brighter Future Journalism Competition


UN-OHRLLS is delighted to have launched the Voices of a Brighter Future competition.

Journalists from Least Developed Countries were invited to submit stories on how sustainable energy is positively affecting communities in their countries. The competition is now closed. Three winners, will be selected by a high-level panel to win a trip to the SE4ALL Forum in Lisbon and have stories featured by the UN.

Read more, including the terms and conditions, here

January, 2018 – Looking back at a successful year for UN-OHRLLS

The year 2017 saw UN-OHRLLS achieve significant milestones in its efforts to advocate, coordinate and support implementation of the respective programmes of action for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. 

It was also an important transition as the first half of the year UN-OHRLLS bid farewell to Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya and welcomed Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu as the new Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Read more . . . [English] [French]

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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