Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

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Indicator 17.11.1: Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports

Developing countries' and least developed countries' share of global exports

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Indicator name Developing countries' and least developed countries' share of global exports
Target name Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries' share of global exports by 2020.
Global indicator description From ITC, UNCTAD, WTO:This indicator provides calculations of developing and LDCs exports of goods and services toward the rest of the World. The unit of measurement could be in % (developing countries' and LDCs share of global exports) or alternatively in value (i.e. USD '000). Alternatively, and in order to reflect the dual purpose of the target (i.e. increase of developing countries exports / doubling the LDCs share for global exports) 2 different indicators can be calculated out of the same data, namely: (1) least developed countries' share of global exports (in % terms), (2) exports of developing countries (in value terms). The indicator will not include export of oil and arms. From UPU: Developing countries and LDCs' e-commerce flows at the export level (volumes and/or values, and by product): this indicator would be a volume or value index of international e-commerce flows from developing countries and LDCs to the rest of the world. International postal and parcel flows would be a proxy for international e-commerce flows since the ecommerce ecosystem heavily relies on the international postal and express infrastructure to transport ecommerce-related shipments.
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