UNU-WIDER, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and with support from the Government of Finland, will organise an academic conference on “Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries – Towards LDC-V”. The conference will be held on 15–16 October 2020 in Helsinki, Finland.
The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are low-income countries that face severe structural impediments to sustainable development, are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks, and have low levels of human assets. To help the LDCs address these specific challenges, the United Nations convenes a dedicated conference every ten years; the Fifth LDC Conference (LDC-V) will be held in 2021.
As an input to LDC-V, the Helsinki conference will bring together academic community, policymakers, and practitioners to solicit new thinking on the challenges and policy recommendations for LDCs for the next decade.
For more information, see the conference announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.