The Least Developed Countries Report 2011

The Potential Role of South-South Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

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In light of the current economic difficulties facing traditional development partners and the non-sustainable and non-inclusive nature of performance of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) over the last decade, LDC governments need new development paths to tap into dynamic growth poles in the South. This publication explores the role of South-South cooperation and regional developmentalism, and finds that, in order to benefit from evolving South-South relations, LDCs need to transform into Catalytic Development States that are highly sensitive to LDC vulnerabilities and offer new policy agendas.

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This year has been a significant one for the least developed countries (LDCs). From 9 to 13 May, Heads of State and Government and Representatives of States gathered in Istanbul for the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC–IV) to discuss the specific development challenges facing the LDCs and to deliberate on actions which could best enable their accelerated, inclusive and sustainable development. At the end of the Conference, member States declared their collective commitment to a renewed and strengthened global partnership for the development of the LDCs, and they adopted a new Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011–2020.

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