About Us

Serving 91 vulnerable member states of the United Nations

UN-OHRLLS was established in 2001 and today serves 91 vulnerable Member States of the United Nations. The 46 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), 32 Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and 38 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are facing their own unique sets of challenges in achieving sustainable development and internationally agreed goals.

At UN-OHRLLS, we mobilize international support and advocate in favour of the three vulnerable country groups, raising awareness about the economic, social and environmental potential that exists in these countries and ensuring that the pressing needs of the 1.3 billion people who live in them, remain high on the international agenda.

UN-OHRLLS is committed to working with all relevant partners to support LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. We help to coordinate the UN system in implementing the three respective programmes of action for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. Aside from national governments and their development partners, UN-OHRLLS also works with civil society, media, academia, and foundations to raise awareness of and support the sustainable development aspirations of the three country groups.

Our annual State of the Least Developed Countries report focuses the global debate on key development issues, innovative analysis and policy recommendations for LDC governments and development partners.

In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Ensuring that the global debate reaches national governments, UN-OHRLLS' system of national focal points allows for coherence between international and national efforts to implement programmes of action and the 2030 Agenda.

At United Nations Headquarters in New York, we help facilitate group consultations for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS as well as partnering to convene focused events around thematic development issues.

UN-OHRLLS is headed by Under-Secretary-General Courtenay Rattray who is the current High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. Director Heidi Schroderus-Fox serves as Deputy to the High Representative and oversees the management and the programmatic work of the office.


You can contact the Office at ohrlls-unhq@un.org

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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