The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) was established in 2001 and today serves 91 vulnerable Member States of the United Nations. The 46 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), 32 Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and 38 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are facing their own unique sets of challenges in achieving sustainable development and internationally agreed goals.
UN-OHRLLS mobilizes international support and advocates in favor of the three vulnerable country groups, raising awareness about the economic, social and environmental potential that exists in these countries and ensuring that the pressing needs of the 1.1 billion people who live in them remain high on the international agenda.
UN-OHRLLS is committed to working with all relevant partners to support LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. It helps to coordinate the UN system in implementing the three respective programmes of action for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. Aside from national governments and their development partners, UN-OHRLLS also works with civil society, media, academia, and foundations to raise awareness of and support the sustainable development aspirations of the three-country groups.
In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Ensuring that the global debate reaches national governments, UN-OHRLLS’ system of national focal points allows for coherence between international and national efforts to implement programmes of action and the 2030 Agenda.