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 has convened, since 1981, a dedicated conference every ten years. The UN General Assembly decided to hold the Fifth LDC Conference (LDC-V) in 2021.
As an input to LDC-V, 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 the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), with generous support from the Government of Finland. The academic Conference will take place on 15-16 October 2020 in Helsinki, Finland.