The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) is organizing an academic Conference in collaboration with UNU-WIDER and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), with support from the Government of Finland. The academic Conference will take place 12-14 May 2021 in Helsinki, Finland.
The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are low-income countries that face severe structural impediments to sustainable development. These countries 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 (LDC5) will be held in 2021.
As an input to LDC5, the Helsinki conference will bring together academic community, policy-makers and practitioners to solicit new thinking on the challenges and policy recommendations for LDCs for the next decade.