E-press Kit
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Connecting to a digital world [the world's least developed countries are at a natural disadvantage in the high-tech realm, but the digital revolution may yet prove to be a springboard to development...]
   
Opening doors for LDC exports [news headlines were made recently by a European Union agreement that will phase in duty-free and quota-free entry across EU borders of all products but arms from the least developed countries. But there is still a way to go before obstacles to LDC trade opportunities — sometimes constituting outright injustices — are brought down. Market access will be on the agenda of the upcoming UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries...]
   
The challenge of financing development in LDCs [the large investment requirements of the LDCs imply that a successful transition to increased reliance on domestic resources and private capital inflows will require more, rather than less, official development assistance...]
   
LDCs: the next generation [the world's poorest countries tend to have the youngest populations and the highest birth rates. Not only the fate of their children, but also the economic development of the LDCs, will be determined to a large extent by improvements in their primary health care and education...]
   
The NGO Forum [ the NGO Forum: the voice of civil society at the 3rd United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (press release)...]
   
Taking action where poverty is toughest [in a world awash in financial markets, trade and investment of unprecedented magnitude, 49 countries with over 630 million people — exceeding one-tenth of the world’s population — are cut off from the mainstream of the global economy...]
   
A place in the sun [the least developed countries are well positioned to take advantage of the trend toward alternative tourist destinations. To gain maximum advantage, these countries need to develop infrastructure and ensure protection of natural environments and cultural treasures...]
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