UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2017
The classification of countries in this Report has been adopted solely for the purposes of statistical or analytical convenience and does not necessarily imply any judgement concerning the stage of development of a particular country or area.
There is no established convention for the designation of “developing”, “transition” and “developed” countries or areas in the United Nations system. This Report follows the classification as defined in the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics 2016 (United Nations publication, sales no. B.16.II.D.6) for these three major country groupings (see http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/tdstat41_en.pdf).