What We Do

Mongolian herders practice sustainable resource management

Photo: Mongolian herders practice sustainable resource management. UN Photo, Flickr

UN-OHRLLS helps to coordinate and advocate for the implementation of programmes of action for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States in the economic, social and environmental spheres and meeting the targets laid out by the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN-OHRLLS works with Member States, development partners, UN agencies as well as various stakeholders ranging from: civil society, private sector, academia and foundations. 

Our work is guided by our mandate to:

  • Mobilize and coordinate the United Nations system, in the implementation, follow-up and monitoring of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries at the country, regional and global levels. This includes providing coordinated support to the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly in assessing progress and in conducting the annual review of the implementation of the Programme of Action;
  • Support the coordinated follow-up of the implementation of the programmes of action for Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States;
  • Advocate in favour of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States in partnership with the United Nations system as well as with: civil society, media, academia and foundations;
  • Assist in mobilizing international support and resources for the implementation of the respective programmes of action for the Least Developed Countries Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States;
  • Support group consultations of Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Least Developed Countries

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

Landlocked Developing Countries

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.

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