What countries are or have been included in the list of least developed countries?
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The list of Least Developed Countries developed out of a request in A/RES/2724 (XXV) of 15 Dec. 1970.

Information about the list is available from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Development Policy and Analysis Division.

The lead UN body concerned with LDCs is the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).

 

Country Added to the list by
resolution or decision,
date
Graduated with
resolution or decision, date
Date of graduation
Afghanistan A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Angola A/RES/49/133,
19 Dec. 1994
A/RES/70/253,
12 Feb. 2016
12 Feb. 2021
Bangladesh A/RES/3487 (XXX), 12 Dec. 1975    
Benin
(Formerly Dahomey)
A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Bhutan A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Botswana A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
A/RES/49/133,
19 Dec. 1994
19 Dec. 1994 
Burkina Faso
(Formerly Upper Volta)
A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Burundi A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Cambodia A/RES/46/206,
20 Dec. 1991
   
Cabo Verde
(Formerly Cape Verde)
A/RES/32/99,
13 Dec. 1977
A/RES/59/210,
20 Dec. 2004
20 Dec. 2007
Central African Republic A/RES/3487 (XXX),
12 Dec. 1975
   
Chad A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Comoros A/RES/32/92,
13 Dec. 1977
   
Democratic Republic of the Congo
(Formerly Zaire)
A/RES/46/206,
20 Dec. 1991
   
Djibouti A/RES/37/133,
17 Dec. 1982
   
Equatorial Guinea A/RES/37/133,
17 Dec. 1982
A/RES/68/18,
4 Dec. 2013
4 June 2017
Eritrea A/RES/49/133,
19 Dec. 1994
   
Ethiopia A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Gambia A/RES/3487 (XXX),
12 Dec. 1975
   
Guinea A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Guinea-Bissau E/RES/1981/34,
8 May 1981
   
Haiti A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Kiribati A/RES/41/186,
8 Dec. 1986
   
Lao People's Democratic Republic A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Lesotho A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Liberia Decision 45/437,
21 Dec. 1990
in A/45/49, p. 386
   
Madagascar A/RES/46/206,
20 Dec. 1991
   
Malawi A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Maldives A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
A/RES/60/33,
30 Nov. 2005
1 Jan. 2011
Mali A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Mauritania A/RES/41/186,
8 Dec. 1986
   
Mozambique Decision 43/431,
20 Dec. 1988
in A/43/49 p. 315
   
Myanmar
(Formerly Burma)
Decision 42/428,
11 Dec. 1987
in A/42/49 p. 315
   
Nepal A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Niger A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Rwanda A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Samoa A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
A/RES/64/295,
7 Sept. 2010
1 Jan. 2014
Sao Tome and Principe A/RES/37/133,
17 Dec. 1982
   
Senegal A/RES/55/253,
12 Apr. 2001
   
Sierra Leone A/RES/37/133,
17 Dec. 1982
   
Solomon Islands A/RES/46/206,
20 Dec. 1991
   
Somalia A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
South Sudan A/RES/67/136,
18 Dec. 2012
   
Sudan A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Timor Leste  A/RES/58/112,
17 Dec. 2003
   
Togo A/RES/37/133,
17 Dec. 1982
   
Tuvalu A/RES/41/186,
8 Dec. 1986
   
Uganda A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
United Republic of Tanzania A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Vanuatu A/RES/40/233,
17 Dec. 1985
A/RES/70/78,
9 Dec. 2015
4 Dec. 2020
Yemen* A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
   
Democratic Yemen* A/RES/3487 (XXX),
12 Dec. 1975
   
Zambia A/RES/46/206,
20 Dec. 1991
   
Sikkim A/RES/2768 (XXVI),
18 Nov. 1971
  1975 (when Sikkim became 22nd state of Indian Union)

*: On 22 May 1990, the two countries merged and have since been represented as one Member State with the name "Yemen"; see the Historical Information from the UN Treaty Collection.



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