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Prime Minister David Cameron has helped the UK provide global leadership on addressing climate change. But he has decided to resign after the European Union referendum vote, and there are fears that the UK will become more insular (Photo: Russell Watkins/DFID, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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The UK must take action to reinforce its place as an international leader in climate change despite uncertainty posed by Brexit
Sewing on the street in Djibouti. The informal sector still plays an important role in most of the LDCs (Photo: Charles Roffey, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Essam Yassin Mohammed recently participated in a mid-term review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs, an ambitious 10-year plan that aims to see half of LDCs (23) graduate from "least developed country" status by 2020. The conference highlighted five main issues that could hinder LDCs reaching this ambitious goal
Women learning how to install and maintain solar home systems in the rural town of Bogra, northern Bangladesh (Photo: ILO, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Can the Least Developed Countries reimagine development? A meeting in London looked at the key issues
Images of the UK and EU flags, IIED director Andrew Norton says: "Losing membership of the European Union must not mean that the UK withdraws from the great global challenges of our time" (Photo: Reuters, via Google Licence)
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IIED's director Andrew Norton argues that a spirit of internationalism must live on in the UK following the seismic shock of Brexit
Chart showing decentralised energy access – finance needed and contribution of climate finance (Image: Sarah Best/IIED)
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As the Green Climate Fund's board meets to decide on a second round of spending it needs to prioritise initiatives that will reach the climate vulnerable, rather than large-scale business as usual investments
Six representatives of developing country governments – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Mozambique, Nepal and the Philippines – shared their experiences of rolling out the sustainable development agenda at the 21st Poverty Environment Partnership meeting (Image: IIED)
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The 21st Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP) meeting, held earlier this month by IIED and partners, focused on putting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action
The new university in Ségou. Mali's capital city, Bamako, is the nation's political and economic power base – greater decentralisation will bring many benefits (Photo: Camilla Toulmin/IIED)
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Mali's peace process aims to build a stable, secure future for the country. It has been slow-moving and many people fear it will fall apart unless it picks up political momentum. In addition, many communities face a range of challenges. A new research project aims to document the challenges and progress over the forthcoming year
Around 80 per cent of schools in Haiti are privately run, and the good ones too expensive for children from poor areas like Cité Soleil (Photo: Breezy Baldwiin, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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How to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for children growing up in a violent slum? An innovative project in Haiti faces big challenges
Smog over Kathamandu. Air pollution in Nepal's capital regularly breaches the World Health Organisation's safety guidelines (Kashish Das Shrestha)
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As one of the world's fastest urbanising countries, how can Nepal manage growing demand for transport and electricity, while ensuring clean air?
A street in Freetown, Sierra Leone: involving growing low-income urban populations in urbanising countries will help result in more inclusive urbanisation (Photo: bobthemagicdragon, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Ahead of next week's dialogue event on the challenges and opportunities posed to Least Developed Countries by the Sustainable Development Goals, Gordon McGranahan examines how cities and urbanisation can contribute to attaining development goals.

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