Least Developed

Ban calls for harnessing potential of world’s poorest nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for harnessing the potential of the world’s poorest nations, which may be at the bottom of the development ladder but are rich in resources, both human and material.

UN report calls on countries to consider gender impact of trade policies

Policies aimed at expanding trade in Bhutan and promoting the Asian country’s unique goal of maximizing “gross national happiness” should be linked to strategies for educating women and enhancing their positions in society and in the economy, a new United Nations report says.

Funding agriculture and building industries key to ending poverty – UN official

Investing in agriculture and expanding the industrial base of the world’s least developed countries are crucial to achieving economic progress and the raising the living standards in those nations, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting the integration of poorer States into the world economy said today.

Stronger cross-border economic ties will boost Africa, UN report finds

Greater cross-border investments within Africa and more policies that serve the interests of the poor could boost the continent’s overall standard of living by as much as 10 per cent by the end of the decade, according to a United Nations report released today.

General Assembly President stresses job creation and investment in poor countries

The President of the General Assembly Joseph Deiss today expressed hope that the plan of action that will emerge from the United Nations conference on the world’s least developed countries under way in Turkey will include elements for job creation and greater investment in those nations.

UN opens forum on unlocking economic potential of world’s poorest countries

A major United Nations conference aimed at devising a new strategy to help the world’s poorest countries unlock their economic potential and accelerate development opened today in Turkey, where of heads of State and senior officials from international organizations are among 7,000 participants in attendance.

World’s poorest countries better placed for transition to green economy – UN report

The world’s least developed countries, which have low-carbon profiles and rich natural assets, are better placed than their industrialized to make their economies more environmentally sustainable because they are less dependent on fossil fuel-based technologies, according to a United Nations report unveiled today.

Assembly President urges stronger partnership between rich and poor countries

General Assembly President Joseph Deiss today called for a “renewed and strengthened partnership” between the world’s poorest countries and their development partners to boost their productive capacities as they strive to improve their economies and combat poverty.

As UN forum on poorest countries nears, Ban calls for greater global support

Ahead of a major United Nations conference on the world’s poorest countries in Turkey next week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to step up efforts to help the nearly one billion people who in those nations lift themselves out of poverty.

Foreign investment in poorest nations should focus on job growth, says UN report

The United Nations trade and development body is calling for shifting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world’s poorest countries towards creating jobs and diversifying their economies, ahead of a major global conference next week on those nations.