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Leaving the LDC category: Booming Bangladesh prepares to graduate

Propelled by better health and education, lower vulnerability and an economic boom, Bangladesh, the largest least developed country (LDC) in terms of population and economic size, looks likely to leave the LDC category by 2024. For the first time, the country met the three criteria for graduation at the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) triennial review in March 2018. “Bangladesh has seen broad-based gains in health, education, infant mortality and life expectancy,” said Daniel Gay, Inter-Regional Adviser on LDCs in UN DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division. “These have in turn driven economic growth, and latterly reduced economic vulnerability, so it’s a real success story.”

National Workshop in Guinea to Validate the Outcome of the Support by the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network

UN DESA will be holding a national workshop in Conakry, Guinea, from 23 until 27 April, 2018 to discuss and validate the outcome of the support by the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN) of the United Nations Forum on Forests in mobilizing financing for sustainable forest management in the country.

Validation Workshop on Sustainable Forest Management in Iran

UN DESA will be holding a national workshop in the Islamic Republic of Iran from May 18 to May 30, 2018 to discuss and validate the draft project concept on sustainable forest management to be financed by a multilateral financing mechanism.

Mission Statement


UN DESA partners on capacity development to support Member States in building integrated, evidence-based, inclusive and well-funded national strategies and plans to achieve sustainable development that ensure no one is left behind.

Capacity Development Projects around the world

This map illustrates the geographical spread of UN DESA’s capacity development projects. As a global entity, UN DESA does not have country-based operations. Depending on the type of demand and the level of specificity of the request, UN DESA chooses the appropriate geographic level – global, regional, national or subnational – for its intervention.  Sometimes, emerging best practices in capacity development for sustainable development are prototyped at the country-level and later scaled up and diffused throughout the international community.
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Walking the Walk on SDG Implementation

Everyone is talking about implementing the 2030 Agenda, especially considering the inter-linkages between the three dimensions of sustainability and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But how do we do this in practice? And how do we work to understand and manage the complexity of those relationships without losing sight of the big picture: creating the changes necessary to foster prosperity for both people and planet?

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