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COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation in least developed countries, with debt burdens now looming large on recovery efforts.
Heightened reliance on exports of primary commodities has been a long-standing concern for policymakers in least developed countries (LDCs), because of the limited developmental benefits associated with this lopsided export specialization pattern, as well as the macroeconomic challenges it entails.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a challenge for sustainable development prospects in least developed countries (LDCs), as containment and lockdown measures have resulted in an economic slowdown for the group as a whole and for African LDCs in particular.
Developing countries account for 45% of world trade but least developed countries remain on the margins.
Climate change impacts are increasing in intensity and frequency; highlighting the need for more investment in climate resilient and low-carbon infrastructure.
The world's poorest countries need more support to tackle "vastly unequal" impacts of climate change. Other countries must do more in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.
For most of the world's most vulnerable countries, the promise of younger generations driving development and contributing to higher living standards will depend upon the right socioeconomic policy mix.
Food insecurity has been a long-standing concern in least developed countries, but COVID-19 is exacerbating this problem, derailing progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 2, which aims to achieve "zero hunger".
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide still lack basic access to electricity, with most of them in least developed countries (LDCs).
Human capital accumulation - an ongoing process of expanding knowledge and skills - is particularly critical to promoting economic development in least developed countries (LDCs).
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global recession engulfed least developed countries (LDCs) in their worst socioeconomic performance in 30 years.
Not only is network coverage much lower in least developed countries than in the rest of the world, but their mobile data usage is also significantly more expensive, according to an UNCTAD analysis.