Least Developed Countries Report 2023

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Least Developed Countries Report 2023

Geneva, Switzerland, 3 November 2023

The Least Developed Countries Report 2023 highlights that these countries have very high external financing needs as they pursue sustainable development. These needs have become even larger due to the emergence of multiple global crises.

At the same time, the international financial environment cannot provide least developed countries with the financing they need in the required amount and with appropriate conditions. Its reform is unavoidable.

The report provides a range of policy recommendations and innovative reform proposals to solve the current impasse in which these countries are trapped.



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We provide economic and trade analysis, facilitate consensus-building and offer technical assistance to help developing countries use trade, investment, finance and technology for inclusive and sustainable development.


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