Least-Developed Countries

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Least-Developed Countries

The countries with the lowest GDP relative to the remainder of the world. The least developed countries are characterized by little or no industry and/or a high dependence on foreign aid. Some of the least developed countries are dependent on worker remittances from relatives working in other countries. See also: International development.
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Today the average annual population increase of the least developed countries is 22 million compared to 3 million for the more developed countries.
Two-thirds (66%) of those questioned by pollsters ComRes agreed that "the majority" of UK aid should be targeted towards the least developed countries.
They least developed countries also repeated their positions on a group of intellectual property issues related to biodiversity, where some called for the post-Bali work program for completing the Doha Round negotiations to include their proposal to amend the TRIPS agreement so that patent applicants would have to disclose the source of the genetic resources and related traditional knowledge used in their inventions.
Although least developed countries are responsible for less than 5% of global greenhouse gas, nine have developed plans to bring together these three issues into one single agenda.
But one aspect is striking: while most of the other least developed countries became politically independent only in the 1960s and 1970s, Haiti has been independent since 1804
The decennial UN Conference on Least Developed Countries kicked off on Monday with opening remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
SANA'A May 12 (Saba) - Minister of Trade and Industry Hesham Sharaf emphasized on Thursday Yemen's commitment to the Brussels Programme of Action (POA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Addressing the 4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries currently in progress here, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr.
Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambaev attends the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, Turkey at the invitation of Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reported the government's press service.
Summary: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday blamed poverty in the world's least developed countries on the "colonial policies" of leading powers and on "an unfair international economic system.
Summary: ISTANBUL (Cihan) - The fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) began in Istanbul on Monday.
On Thursday, President Karzai, at the head of a high-powered delegation, flew to Turkey for participation in the Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in Istanbul.

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