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.  

Frequently asked questions on LDC graduation

Q: How does a country leave the list (“graduate”)? A: A country can graduate from the LDC category by meeting two of the three criteria at two consecutive...

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 and reports on graduation

Recent papers, reports, blogs on LDC graduation by UN system entities and others Towards Sustainable Graduation of South Asian LDCs in the aftermath of...

LDC graduation - News and analysis

Communication from Chad on behalf of the LDC Group on an Extension of the...

1 October 2020. Chad, on behalf of the LDC members of the WTO, has presented a proposal to the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual...

Vanuatu’s smooth transition strategy

23 September 2020. Vanuatu is scheduled to graduate from the LDC category in December 2020.  Extensive national consultations have taken place over the past...

LDC graduation: what you need to know about the CDP’s 2021 Triennial Review

14 September 2020. In February 2021, the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) will hold its triennial review of the LDC category.  Among other tasks,...

Preparing for graduation: meeting in Lao PDR ahead of CDP Triennial Review

11 September 2020. In February 2021, the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) will hold its triennial review of the LDC category.  Lao PDR is...

Timeseries of LDC data

7 August 2020. A newly issued dataset compiles the data used by the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) to assess the progress of LDCs...