Serving 91 Vulnerable Member States of the United Nations

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) supports groups of vulnerable countries in the United Nations System.


The 46 Least Developed Countries, 32 Landlocked Developing Countries and 38 Small Island Developing States have their own special challenges.


OHRLLS USG Courtenay Rattray at COP26

As world leaders departed from Glasgow, and much of the world’s media with them, you’d be forgiven for thinking that was the end of COP26. And yet the hard work has only just begun. Because after the “blah, blah, blah” comes the work, work, work. Officials and negotiators are here for another week and a half to try and turn the rhetoric into reality. And no-one needs them to succeed more than the world’s most vulnerable nations. 
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Least Developed

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) represent the poorest and most vulnerable segment of the international community.

Landlocked Developing

Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) face challenges due to their remoteness, lack of territorial access to the sea and significant distance from world markets.

Small Island
Developing States

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are remote from world markets and suffer from climate change and fragile natural environments.