When LDCs meet certain criteria, they are reviewed by the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) and may be recommended for “graduation” (leaving the LDC category). Graduation is an important milestone in a country’s development. It also means the country will no longer have access to certain international support measures that are exclusive to LDCs. It is therefore important to understand the consequences of graduation and prepare accordingly, by developing and implementing smooth transition strategies.

Support for LDC graduation

UN support for smooth transition strategies of graduating LDCs

Various UN entities provide specific support to the graduation processes of LDCs, in the form of training, workshops, studies and support for the development of smooth...

Gradjet: information on and support for graduation

Information for government officials in LDCs on the graduation process, preparing for graduation and developing smooth transition strategies.  

Graduation process and criteria

Information on the CDP website about criteria for countries to be eligible for graduation and the graduation process; timeline of past and scheduled graduations.  

Impacts of graduation

When a country graduates from the LDC category, it no longer benefits from LDC-specific international support measures (for some measures there are "smooth transition"...

Papers, reports, articles on graduation

Recent papers, reports, blogs on LDC graduation by UN system entities and others (see also other content on graduation on this portal; UNCTAD vulnerability profiles; UNDESA...

LDC graduation - News and analysis

Zero draft of the Doha Programme of Action for LDCs for 2022-2031 released

On July 12 the co-chairs of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), Bangladesh and Canada, released the zero draft of...

CDP Member Debapriya Bhattacharya on TRIPS, LDCs, graduation

On July 10, CDP member Debapriya Bhattacharya held a conversation with media on the WTO decision on the extension of the Trade Related Aspects...

The road to LDC graduation in Timor-Leste

June 2021.  By Daniel Gay. The Covid-19 crisis hit Timor-Leste harder than many countries. The economy shrank 6.5% in 2020 according to the United Nations....

Smooth transition guidance note

28 May 2021. The Smooth transition strategy guidance note, prepared by UNDESA as the Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) aims to support...

Side-event at LDC5 Prepcom: Towards Improved Support to Graduating and Graduated Countries

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 - 8:00am EDT  Amidst a challenging global environment, this side event will discuss how the international community can give concrete support...