28 April 2021. ESCAP has launched its flagship Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report. This year’s issue focuses on “strengthening the resilience of least developed countries in the wake of the Coronavirus disease pandemic”. The report “provides an assessment of the progress made and challenges encountered by least developed countries (LDCs) in Asia and the Pacific in implementing the Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011– 2020 (Istanbul Programme of Action)”. It “includes an evaluation of the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Asia-Pacific LDCs and a summary of key lessons learned to build back better and to make these economies more resilient. In addition, suggested policy areas for Asia-Pacific LDCs to focus on are highlighted, with a view to inform the process leading to the formulation and adoption of the next programme of action for LDCs.”
The full report is available here.