15th October 2020 – 16th October 2020 all-day

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) is organizing an academic Conference in collaboration with UNU-WIDER and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), with support from the Government of Finland. The academic Conference will take place on 15-16 October 2020 in Helsinki, Finland.
The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are low-income countries that face severe structural impediments to sustainable development. These countries are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks and have low levels of human assets. To help the LDCs address these specific challenges, the United Nations convenes a dedicated conference every ten years. The Fifth LDC Conference (LDC-V) will be held in 2021.

As an input to LDC-V, the Helsinki conference will bring together academic community, policy-makers and practitioners to solicit new thinking on the challenges and policy recommendations for LDCs for the next decade.

The conference calls for papers addressing the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in the least developed countries. The papers should be analytical in nature and offer concrete policy recommendations. The call is open for senior and junior academics, as well as experts from international organizations and NGOs.