Least Developed

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.

Negotiations kick off for upcoming UN conference on world’s poorest nations

With a major United Nations conference on the world’s poorest nations just weeks away, Member States today began another round of negotiations aimed at achieving a new action plan to advance the economic and social development of these vulnerable countries.

Economic diversification vital to boost poorest countries – UN report

Diversifying production rather than relying on commodity exports is crucial to boosting the economies of the least developed countries (LDCs), a quarter of the world’s total, according to a United Nations report launched today.

General Assembly debates means to spur growth in least developed countries

The General Assembly held a day-long debate today on investment and financing for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs), with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighting economic diversification, investment in agriculture, and fair trade as the three planks needed to accelerate progress.

Istanbul forum offers chance to recommit to helping world’s poorest nations – UN envoy

The forthcoming conference on the world’s least developed countries provides an opportunity for the international community to recommit to helping these vulnerable States achieve economic growth and social development, a senior United Nations official said today.

New approach needed to end extreme poverty in poorest nations – UN official

The number of people living in extreme poverty in the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) has been on the rise despite higher national incomes in some of those States, a senior United Nations official said today, calling for a review of the current development approaches.

UN report urges changes in support structures for poor countries

Current international support measures for the least developed countries (LDCs) have failed to accelerate their growth and development and significant changes are needed to ensure better support structures for the poorer States, according to a United Nations report unveiled today.

Measures to improve economies of poorest nations focus of UN-led forum

Participants at a United Nations-led meeting that opened in Geneva today are examining ways to improve the economies of the world’s poorest nations, and to help them promote job creation and reduce poverty.