NEW YORK 20 and 21 October 2020 – Island leaders expressed concern about the widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small island developing States (SIDS) in a joint roundtable organized by Belize, Fiji and the United Kingdom.
Opening Statement by Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
29 September 2020
New York, USA
Ladies and gentlemen,
Resilience may well be a key theme for all of us this year where individual, community, national, regional and global resilience is put to severe tests.
This fifth report on the State of the LDCs is a call to action. The report assesses progress in achieving the goals and targets of the Istanbul Programme of Action and then focuses on what has to happen to reduce vulnerability and building resilience in the LDCs.
The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) constitute the poorest segment of humanity. They are also the most vulnerable countries and those with the lowest stock of human and physical capital. In recent years, LDCs have experienced a whole range of external shocks, including natural and climate-related disasters, volatility of commodity prices and aid flows and health pandemics.