United Nations Support to the Least Developed Countries

This report was prepared by UN-OHRLLS per its mandate to serve as a focal point for the Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) and to mobilize and coordinate the active involvement of the UN system (as requested in UN General Assembly 73/242).

The report discusses how UN system entities and other related organizations support the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and provides an overview of how they have supported the LDCs in the context of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). The report builds on best practices undertaken by the UN system to support the efforts made by the LDCs in implementing the IPoA and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It also highlights challenges faced by the UN system on the ground, and action needed to strengthen its support in LDCs, benefiting also from
perspectives shared by UN Resident Coordinators on how the UN system could best support the LDCs to advance the SDGs.

Furthermore, the report provides recommendations on how to strengthen the effectiveness of the UN system in promoting sustainable development in the LDCs through examples that have had a positive and transformative impact on the ground.

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