UNDP and the Least Developed Countries

10 May 2011

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UNDP Message for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries.

Istanbul - Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have made great strides in improving the lives of their people – advancing health, education and income – and attracting local and foreign investment. This was largely due to economic growth over the past 10 years

Despite the progress achieved, LDCs remain extremely vulnerable to shocks, such as increases in food and fuel prices, global financial breakdowns, natural disasters and conflict. We need to support the poorest countries in tackling these issues. For that:

  • LDCs need to be adequately represented in key global institutions and their voice needs to be amplified. They need to have the space to explore and advocate their own policies.
  • The international community must live up to the commitments they made to the poorest people of the world – increasing aid and helping them build their capacity in areas such as trade, private sector development, climate negotiations, and conflict resolution.

UNDP is present in each of the LDCs, and is well positioned to support them in many of their stated priorities – enhancing self-sufficiency, reducing poverty and creating decent jobs.

  • UNDP is working with LDCs towards sustainable development - focused on inclusive growth that includes the interests of women, youth and marginalized groups, and reduced vulnerability/resilience to shocks such as natural disasters and conflict. In this context, UNDP will continue to work with LDCs to set up appropriate social protection mechanisms.
  • UNDP is already working with LDCs such as Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Togo and Uganda, to identify institutional bottlenecks to MDG progress and finding solutions to these in partnership with governments, the wider UN family and other development partners.
  • UNDP is working to strengthen LDCs’ capacity to advance low carbon, climate-resilient development. UNDP will also work towards ensuring that LDCs can access emerging climate finance mechanisms for their national priorities.
  • UNDP played a positively-received role in supporting LDCs implement, monitor and report on the Brussels Plan of Action. After the Istanbul conference, UNDP, as Chair of the UNDG, will work closely with other UN agencies, and particularly at the country level, to ensure the effectiveness of UN system-wide follow up, and that UN development plans take into account the issues highlighted in the new Programme of Action.