High-Level Meeting for the Euro-Asia Region on Improving Cooperation on Transit, Trade Facilitation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
7 March 2017 @ 12:00 am - 9 March 2017 @ 11:59 pm
Effective co-operation of the landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and transit developing countries is crucial for their effective participation in international and regional trade and coordinated development of transit transport infrastructure. UN resolutions emphasize the importance of cooperation between LLDCs and transit developing countries in particular on transit transport and trade related issues. The 32 LLDCs face development challenges owing to their geographical disadvantage of lacking direct territorial access to the sea and their remoteness and isolation from world markets. There are 34 transit developing countries that provide transit services to the LLDCs that also have the major seaports that are used by the LLDCs. At the same time the LLDCs are also very important to the transit countries as they provide transit corridors important for connecting the transit countries to other countries in the region.
The Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for the LLDCs for the decade 2014 to 2024 underscores the importance of partnerships between LLDCs and transit countries for the improvement and constant maintenance of their infrastructure connectivity and of technical and administrative arrangements in their transport, customs and logistic systems while also stressing the importance of promoting enabling legal environments and institutional arrangements. The VPoA stresses the need to promote harmonization, simplification and standardization of rules and documentation, including the full and effective implementation of international conventions on transport and transit and bilateral, sub-regional and regional agreements. The VPoA also underlines that it is important to promote free movement of people between LLDCs and their transit neighbours through development and implementation of simplified and harmonized visa systems for drivers involved in international transport (freight and passengers).
It is against this background that the Government of Vietnam an important transit country in the Asian region, has offered to host a high-level meeting on Improving Cooperation between LLDCs and Transit Countries on Transit, Trade Facilitation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting will be organized by the Government of Vietnam in partnership with UN-OHRLLS, UNCTAD and UNESCAP in collaboration with other stakeholders.
The Meeting aims to:
- Analyze and assess the key issues in transit cooperation, trade and trade facilitation in the Euro-Asia region;
- Share ideas, lessons, good practices, future policies, programmes and initiatives on how to improve transit cooperation, trade and trade facilitation between the transit countries and the LLDCs;
- Offer recommendations on how to improve transit issues for increased trade potential of both the LLDCs and the transit countries; and
- Exchange views and identify recommendations for cooperation between the transit countries and the LLDCs for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in particular on Poverty Reduction, Employment, Sustainable Agriculture and
PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS
The meeting will be organized jointly by the Government of Vietnam, and UN-OHRLLS, in close collaboration with WCO, IRU, UNCTAD, UNESCAP, WTO and UNECE and other stakeholders. The meeting is funded by the Government of Vietnam, UN-OHRLLS, WCO and IRU.
The meeting will bring together senior officials from: Landlocked developing countries; Transit developing countries; Development partners, including donor countries; UN system departments, agencies, funds and programmes; International organisations; Regional and sub-regional; Private sector; and NGOs.
The meeting will be held in English, with Russian and French interpretation.
|Meeting Concept Note||English|
|Information Note on Logistic Arrangements||English|
|Vienna Programme of Action for the LLDCs for the Decade 2014-2024||English|
|Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development||Link|
|Addis Ababa Action Agenda||Link|
|WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation||Link|
|UN-OHRLLS report - The Development Economics of Landlockedness: Understanding the development costs of being landlocked||English|
|UN-OHRLLS Global Report - Improving transit cooperation, trade and trade facilitation for the benefit of the LLDCs: Current status and policy implications|
|UN-OHRLLS Regional Report - Improving transit cooperation, trade and trade facilitation for the benefit of the Asian LLDCs: Current status and policy implications||English|
|World Bank/UN-OHRLLS report - Improving Trade and Transport for Landlocked Developing Countries||English|