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In Bhutan, local farmers are supported by a UNDP project to harness the power of unique local medicinal plants while perserving biodiversity.
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The LDC graduation pathway must not disrupt overall sustainable development, says UN deputy chief

The least developed countries (LDCS) are facing a pathway to graduation from the category that will be “riddled with added crises,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Thursday, and urged the international community to work together so those countries can build resilience to recover from current and future shocks and sustain progress. 

A woman prepares a meal in her rural kitchen in Chad.
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LDC5: World leaders back ‘blueprint for recovery, renewal, resilience’ in least developed countries

The Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) concluded on Thursday with countries adopting concrete measures to implement the Doha Programme of Action (DPoA) – which aims to renew and strengthen commitments between LDCs and their development partners – marking a transformative turning point for the world’s most vulnerable countries. 

The Afghanistan Girls Robotics Team attended the Least Developed Countries Conference to showcase their innovations.
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LDC5 spotlights contributions of women and girls in tech, despite tough odds and nagging barriers

The Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) joined the world in marking International Women’s Day, celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere. Strong calls for empowerment rang out in the massive convention center, with young women scientists and innovators, like the Afghan Girl’s Robotics Team, urging: “Never give up!” 

A young girl helps collect her family's harvest in Amudat, Uganda.
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LDC5: UN conference weighs building resilient agrifood systems in the face of risk and uncertainty

Government leaders and experts attending the Fifth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC5) and weighing the main challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable countries, have called for the LDCs to be supported through, among others, promoting agricultural investment and using modern technologies to achieve food security.

Girls use a solar-powered tablet at an e-learning centre in Jabalain, Sudan.
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LDC5: UN conference calls for more inclusive and fair digital transformation in world’s least developed countries

A United Nations conference under way in Doha, Qatar, has turned its attention to one of the most nettlesome global challenges: closing the staggeringly wide digital divide between the worlds rich and poor nations. Fresh attention to this issue comes as a new UN report finds that two-thirds of the population of the least developed countries (LDCs) is still offline.

Secretary-General António Guterres delivers remarks at the Summit of the Leaders of the Least Developed Countries, in Doha Qatar.
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‘The time has come to do justice for the least developed countries,’ says UN chief Guterres

Ahead of a major United Nations conference on the world’s most vulnerable countries, Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday urged the international community – particularly wealthy nations – to step up and help the more than 1.1 billion people in these countries break out of “vicious cycles” and lift themselves out of poverty.