When a country is graduated from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category, this achievement can be viewed as the successful culmination and implementation of various national and global strategies and partnerships. Each graduation constitutes an extraordinary success not only for the countries themselves, but also for the United Nations and for development cooperation by the international community. Despite this, graduation has to be considered in the larger context of development. It is not about reaching the ‘cutting-off’ points of three graduation criteria, but should be based on the holistic approach towards equitable and sustainable development, with full ownership and leadership of the process by the respective LDC (Source: A Guide to Least Developed Country Graduation).
Current Graduation Procedure