UN-OHRLLS Report, Cover Photo

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) released the State of the Least Developed Countries 2014 report as part of its mandated analytical activities on the eight priority areas of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020.

The second of its type, the report is intended to substantively backstop follow-up in each area. The current report builds on the first edition in 2013, which considered the issues of productive capacity building in the least developed countries (LDCs) and the post-2015 development agenda. That report proposed a conceptual and operational framework for productive capacity building in the context of the post-2015 agenda, particularly relating to LDC issues and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Th is year’s report is dedicated to the elimination of extreme poverty in the LDCs, which is at the centre of discussions about the SDGs and an area where most LDCs lag behind.

The report was launched on October 23, 2014 at a press briefing in New York City. Read the full report here.