The Challenge for Least Developed Countries in achieving the 2030 Agenda

Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM in Conference Room A, UNHQ.

Reducing Inequality through science, technology and innovation

Tremendous technological leaps are being made globally, but the economic and social benefits remain geographically concentrated, primarily in developed countries. Too often the least developed countries (LDCs) remain far behind if not excluded entirely. This is not because LDCs lack the determination or the will to catch up with the rest
of the world. What we are seeing is a result of the serious and manifold development challenges these countries continue to face, experiencing delays in their efforts to eradicate poverty, achieve sustainable development and participate fully in an increasingly competitive global market. One of the root causes is found in structural limitations, as there are marked gaps between LDCs and other countries in such areas as science, technology and innovation. If these gaps are not closed sooner rather than later, LDCs will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the global community would have failed in its obligation of “leaving no one behind”.

This side event will explore the challenges that LDCs face in their race to reduce their dependency on outdated and inefficient technologies and review the role of the international community in supporting LDCs in ensuring the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

When: Tuesday 14 May at 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM

Where: Conference Room A, UNHQ.



  • Ms. Simmone Rose. Programme Management Officer, UN Technology, Bank for the Least Developed Countries


  • Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General (tbc)
  • H.E. Chief Thesele Maseribane, Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Lesotho
  • H.E. Prof. Nkandu Luo, Minister of Higher Education, Zambia (tbc)
  • Ms. Marianne Loe, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations
  • H.E. K. Nagaraj Naidu, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of India to the UN
  • Mr. Marco Scuriatti, Advisor to Senior Vice President, World Bank
  • Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of the Study Groups Department, Telecommunication, Standardization Bureau, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • Mr. Joshua Setipa, Managing Director, UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries

A light lunch will be served from 12:30pm close to Cafe Vienna, top of ramp on the left side. 

Conference Room A, UNHQ.
Side Event at the 4th Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals