Recognition and Application of the Least Developed Country Category by UN Development System Organizations

CDP Policy Review No. 6

By Teresa Lenzi

This paper analyzes the advantages that LDCs have derived from the various LDC-specific international support measures due to their LDC status. It identiĀ­fies the reasons why some UN development system organizations may not use the LDC category in their allocation of development assistance and support measures.The analysis focuses on support from the UNDS organizations related to ODA and general support measures. Trade related support measures fall under the purview of the World Trade Organization, and are not discussed in this paper. The analysis was undertaken in the context of a UN General Assembly mandate in response to the Mid-term Review of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs for the Decade 2011-2020.

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