UNCTAD Calls for International Support for Least Developed Countries in Global Low-Carbon Transition

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) outlines the actions needed to ensure global efforts towards a low-carbon future don’t leave least developed countries (LDCs) behind, in its Least Developed Countries Report 2022 to be published on 3 November 2022.

International support for this group of the world’s most vulnerable economies is critical to addressing intertwined challenges that threaten their development, challenge their participation in global trade and make them pay a disproportionately high price in addressing climate change.

COP27 is an opportunity to accelerate action to achieve mutually beneficial climate and development goals in LDCs, home to about 1.1 billion people or 14% of the global population.



UNCTAD is the UN’s leading institution dealing with trade and development. It is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964.

UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat and has a membership of 195 countries, one of the largest in the UN system. UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively.

We provide economic and trade analysis, facilitate consensus-building and offer technical assistance to help developing countries use trade, investment, finance and technology for inclusive and sustainable development.


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After the lifting of the embargo, documents related to the report will be available on the main UNCTAD website.

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