Special programmes and terms for LDCs in the United Nations system

Certain organizations have criteria for resource allocation that favour LDCs. In many cases, resources are not allocated to LDCs per se, but to countries according to criteria that reflect the criteria that define an LDC:  

Other organizations have specific programmes or special terms for LDCs. For example:

  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has a “Least Developed Countries Programme” to build the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in LDCs.
  • The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has a work programme for LDCs and has mainstreamed the needs of LDCs in its activities. In January 2018 it published a report on ICTs, LDCs and the SDGs: Achieving universal and affordable Internet in the least developed countries.
  • The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has a special programme for LDCs consisting in technical assistance activities and funds for procurement of equipment.
  • LDCs are exempt from the requirement to finance 5% of biannual project budgets under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF).
  • LDCs have a lower cost-sharing support fee for operations of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV). The minimum government cost-sharing support fee for LDCs is 3% as opposed to 8% for other developing countries (though a number of factors influence the applied rate, which is negotiated with the country).
  • UNITAR has fellowships for nationals of LDCs to participate in its Multilateral Diplomacy Programme and core diplomatic training courses. More information here.
  • The Common Fund for Commodities gives priority to LDCs. More information here.

See also:


Caps and discounts on the contribution of LDCs to the United Nations system budgets

Travel support for representatives of LDCs in intergovernmental meetings.

The Committee for Development Policy conducts a periodic survey on the application of the LDC category by UN development system organizations.