Countries in Special Situations

SDGs for Countries in Special Situations

  • In the spirit of “leave no one behind”, it is vital for SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda to take into account the particular situations and needs of countries in special situations.

  • Countries in special situations need continued international support to overcome structural impediments to sustainable development. Poverty eradication remains the overarching aim.

  • The SDGs should address key vulnerabilities and build resilience, in order to promote inclusive and sustained growth in countries in special situations, benefiting women and vulnerable groups.

  • Among common priorities of many countries in special situations are: achieving inclusive and sustained growth; industrialization, structural transformation and strengthened productive capacities; greater connectivity to global economy; strengthened human resources and institutional capacities; and social protection. Achieving these will require enhanced means of implementation.

  • Many countries in special situations – as well as other countries – are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In addition, SIDS highlighted the sustainable management and use of oceans and seas.

  • Access to markets remains a critical challenge for LLDCs, which have to contend with costly and inadequate transport and communications infrastructure. There is need to consider how to integrate relevant internationally agreed priorities – BPOA and MSI, IPOA and Almaty programme – into the SDG framework.

  • It was noted that the current classification methodology based on income is incomplete, particularly masking the challenges faced by middle-income countries and contributing to the “middle-income trap”.

The above was taken from the United Nations Sustainability web site:

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