A quarter of Pacific islanders live below ‘basic needs poverty lines’, top UN development forum hears

While progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been made over the past four years, some vulnerable island States are losing momentum in the race to 2030, according to discussions at the United Nations’ annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on Wednesday.

Impact of high debt levels on least developed countries ‘cannot be overstated’, says UN 

The impact of high levels of debt on development efforts “cannot be overstated”, the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) told a Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on least developed countries (LDCs) on Saturday.

In Nepal, UN meeting seeks to boost development ranking of Asia-Pacific’s poorest nations

A United Nations-backed meeting focusing on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of Asia and the Pacific kicked off today as international delegates, UN officials and Government ministers embarked on discussions over how to help the region’s poorest nations “graduate” to a higher level of development.

Global financial crisis threatens progress of least developed countries – UN report

The ongoing financial crisis and weak global economic growth have hampered development in the world’s poorest nations, a United Nations report has warned, adding that half of the world’s least developed countries now risked missing their development goals.

As ‘mobile miracle’ transforms poorest nations, Internet use lags behind – UN

People living in the world’s poorest countries are experiencing a surge in mobile telephone use, the United Nations telecommunications agency reported today, but cautioned that Internet usage in those nations still lags far behind.

Secretary-General to make official visit to Bulgaria, Turkey and Switzerland

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Bulgaria on Wednesday for the first leg of a three-country visit that will also take the United Nations chief to Istanbul, Turkey, and Geneva, Switzerland.

UN-backed meeting calls for improved tax collection in poorest countries

Improved tax collection and stronger capital markets form the critical bases for long-term financing for development in the world's 49 least developed countries, a United Nations-backed meeting of the concerned nations and their partners declared today.

World’s poorest countries must diversify economies to beat poverty – UN

Economic diversification is vital if the world's most poverty-stricken countries, some of them depending on a single or a few raw materials or commodities, are to escape their predicament, a top United Nations trade official said today.

Poor countries at UN forum call for greater voice in international financing

Fifteen of the world’s least developed countries (LDCs), meeting at a high-level United Nations forum, today called for a greater voice in international financial structures and priority for resources to mitigate climate change.

Poorest nations hit hardest by rising fuel and food prices, climate change – Migiro

With only two years left to complete an ambitious 10-year programme of steps to be taken by both industrialized nations and least developed countries (LDCs) to fight poverty, soaring food and oil prices and the disproportionate effects of climate change are adding new pitfalls, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.