The United Nations recognizes the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as the “poorest and weakest segment” of the international community. They are considered highly disadvantaged in their development process and risk, more than other countries, not being able to rise out of poverty. This is why is the LDCs must receive targeted support from the international community.
UNESCO is committed to providing targeted assistance to the LDCs in all of its spheres of competence, as reflected in its Medium-Term Strategy for 2008-2013 (34 C/4). The Organization is guided by the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020, adopted by the Fourth United Nations Conference on the LDCs (Istanbul 2011).
Specific targeted action for the LDCs is defined in the consecutive biennial programme and budget documents covering this six-year period.
Targeted action for the LDCs during the 2010-2011 programme cycle focuses on: