Launch of Least Developed Countries Report 2013

Least Developed Countries Report 2013

Growth with employment for inclusive and sustainable development

A new report looking at how to tackle the current and future challenges faced by the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will be launched in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday 20 November.

With the population of LDCs projected to double to 1.7 billion by 2050, the Least Developed Countries Report 2013 shows the need to generate more jobs and decent employment opportunities, particularly for young people, as it is expected that the youth population (aged 15 to 24 years) of LDCs will soar from 168 million in 2010 to 300 million by 2050.

It is clear that if these stark demographic challenges are not addressed, we will see a rise in poverty, social instability and international emigration rates across the globe.

Against this background, the Least Developed Countries Report 2013 published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and launched by ESCAP, considers how LDCs can promote growth that generates adequate quality jobs and enables LDCs to reach their most urgent and pivotal goals: poverty reduction, inclusive growth and sustainable development.

What: Launch of the Least Developed Countries Report 2013: Growth with employment for inclusive and sustainable development

Who: Mr. Anisuzzaman Chowdhury, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, ESCAP, Bangkok

When: Wednesday, 20 November 2013, 14:00 hours

Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok