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Fifteenth Annual Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries
22 September, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Theme: Harnessing coherence in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Vienna Programme of Action
The Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024 (VPoA) was adopted at the second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) in Vienna, Austria in November 2014. The VPoA is holistic, ambitious and results-oriented development programme for the international community to address the challenges and needs of landlocked developing countries in a more coherent manner than before. It seeks to achieve rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth along with poverty eradication for sustainable development in the 32 landlocked developing countries. The VPoA encompasses six priority areas, namely: (i) Fundamental Transit Policy Issues; (ii) Infrastructure Development and Maintenance; (iii) International Trade and Trade Facilitation; (iv) Regional Integration and Cooperation; (v) Structural Economic Transformation; and (vi) Means of Implementation. The successful implementation of the VPoA will require not only renewed and strengthened partnerships between LLDCs, transit countries and development partners, but also enhanced support and partnership efforts with relevant international and regional organizations, between private and public sectors and stronger and widened North- South and South-South cooperation.
In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), as the new overarching development framework. In July 2015, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) was adopted at the Third UN Conference on Financing for Development, as the means of implementation framework for the SDGs. Both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda recognize the special challenges and needs of LLDCs and underscore the importance of the implementation of the VPoA. The World Leaders also noted that the VPoA is integral to the 2030 Agenda. The effective implementation of the VPoA is instrumental for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and for achieving sustainable development in the LLDCs. It is therefore vital for the LLDCs that the VPoA and the SDGs, as well as other global development frameworks, are implemented in a coherent and integrated manner to effectively achieve the goals of the programmes. Mainstreaming of the 2030 Agenda and the VPoA in a coherent manner into national development planning is important as it will help capitalize on the synergies for effective implementation. At the global level, it is critical that LLDC issues and the priorities of the VPoA are integrated into the global development follow-up processes.
The key objectives of the 15th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of LLDCs are to i) review the progress in the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action; ii) share ideas, lessons learned and best practices on mainstreaming of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Vienna Programme of Action; iii) make recommendations on how to foster coherence in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Vienna Programme of Action at the national level in LLDCs, as well as regional and global levels.
The Ministerial Meeting is will reinforce the political commitment to the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action and is expected to come up with policy recommendations on how to foster coherence in the implementation and follow-up processes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs and other global development frameworks to ensure optimal benefits for the LLDCs. The meeting will adopt a Ministerial Communiqué of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries.
Statements by Member States