Least developed countries

We support the least developed countries to achieve structural economic transformation, increase productive capacity, reduce poverty and build resilience to adverse factors

The development challenges of the LDCs

Least Developed Countries Report

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This annual report provides a comprehensive and authoritative source of socio-economic analysis and data on the world´s most impoverished countries.

The Report is intended for a broad readership of governments, policy makers, researchers and all those involved with LDCs´ development policies.

Each Report contains a statistical annex, which provides basic data on the LDCs.

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Least Developed Countries: Vulnerability Profiles

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This series of reports present the vulnerability profile of selected least developed countries, as mandated by General Assembly resolution 59/209 of 20 December 2004.

The reports are intended for use as a background document for the Committee for Development Policy deliberations on the preparedness of these countries for graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category.

 

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Trade and Poverty Papers

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The aim of this series is to disseminate the findings of research work on the inter-linkages between trade and poverty and to identify policy options at the national and international levels on the use of trade as a more effective tool for poverty eradication.

The opinions expressed in these papers are those of the authors and are not to be taken as the official views of UNCTAD or its member states.

 

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Food export restrictions hurt millions in least developed countries

About 119 million people in 26 least developed countries have been facing severe food insecurity since the beginning of 2022, a situation now worsened by rising food prices and trade restrictions.

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