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High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries

13 October, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 14 October, 2016 @ 5:30 pm


Concept Note


Owing to their long distances from the sea, landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face disproportionately high transport and trade transaction costs that further intensify their comparative disadvantage relative to other developing countries. These unique challenges of LLDCs are stemming from their geographical location, as well as inadequate physical infrastructure, lack of effective implementation of a conducive legal framework on transit transport, low productive capacities, low diversification and value addition of their economies and exports.

Given their geographical location, increasing connectivity is a critical objective for the LLDCs in order to reap the benefits of globalization. Establishment of integrated, sustainable and efficient transport systems is a critical element in this endeavor, as called for by the Vienna Programme of Action for the LLDCs for the decade 2014-2024. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development contains commitments with regard to transport and infrastructure development, in particular in SDG 9 and SDG 11that are of critical importance to the LLDCs.

The Event

The High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs is jointly organized by the Government of Bolivia, the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). 

The meeting will review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges, in the development and maintenance of efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems and the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport. It will identify new strategies, cooperation initiatives and policy recommendations on how to develop and further improve transit transport systems for the benefit of the LLDCs, strengthen cooperation, enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance and promote sustainable transport in the LLDCs. The recommendations of the meeting are expected to contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs into the first global sustainable transport conference to be held from 26-27 November 2016 in Turkmenistan. 

The meeting will be attended by the Ministers of Transport of LLDCs. Ministers of transport of transit developing countries and selected development partners, as well as representatives of the UN system, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations and financial institutions, private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will also be invited to participate at senior official level.

pdf-icon  Ministerial Declaration


General Information

pdf-icon  Report of the meeting 

pdf-icon  Concept Note

pdf-icon  Programme

pdf-icon  Information Note for Participants



pdf-icon  Afghanistan

pdf-icon  Kingdom of Bhutan

pdf-icon  Burundi

pdf-icon  Mongolia

pdf-icon  Nepal

pdf-icon  Niger

pdf-icon  Paraguay

pdf-icon  Rwanda

pdf-icon  Turkmenistan

pdf-icon  Zambia



Opening Session Statements

pdf-icon  H.E. Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under Secretary General, UN-OHRLLS

pdf-icon  Hon. Brian Mushimba, M.P Minister of Transport and Communisations, LLDC Chair

Session 1

pdf-icon  Shirley Cañete, Transport Specialist (TSP / BID)

pdf-icon  Ralph D. Wahnschafft, Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development Policies, Berlin, Germany

Session 2

pdf-icon  Frida Youssef, Chief Transport Section, Trade and Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

pdf-icon  Donat Bagula, Executive Secretary, The Permanent Secretariat of the transit Troansport Coordination Authority of the Northern Corridor

pdf-icon  Rolando Terrazas Salinas, Senior Executive of CAF in Bolivia

pdf-icon  Gylfi Palsson, Lead Transport Specialist and Acting Manager for the LAC Region, World Bank 

pdf-icon  Milton Claros Hinjosa, Minister of Public Works, Services and Housing of the Plurinational State of Bolivia 

Session 3

pdf-icon  Sandagdorj Erdenebileg, Chief, UN-OHRLLS 

pdf-icon  Maria Sossedenko, Project Manager on Transit Guidelines Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, World Custom Organization (WCO) 

pdf-icon  Marie-Helene Vanderpool, Manager of External Relations, International Road Transport Union

pdf-icon  Frederic Malaud, Air Transport Development Manager, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

pdf-icon  Sandra Corcuera Santamaria, Trade and Integration Specialist (INT / BID), Inter-American Development Bank, Border Crossings and Transit System

pdf-icon  H.E.Emb. Juan Carlos Alurralde, Deputy Foreign Minister, Plurinational State of Bolivia

Session 4

pdf-icon  Gladys Mutangadura, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, UN-OHRLLS

pdf-icon  Gylfi Palsson, Lead Transport Specialist and Acting Manager for the LAC Region, World Bank

pdf-icon  Amadou Oumarou, Directorm Transport, Urban Development & ICT, African Development Bank

pdf-icon  Alejandro Melandri, Representative of the office of the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), Bolivia

Session 5

pdf-icon  Irena Zubcevic, Chief SIDS, Oceams, Climate Bramch, Division for Sustainable Developmement, UN-DESA

pdf-icon  Ramon Cruz, International policy Program Manager, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)

pdf-icon  Azhar Jaimurzina, Officer of Infrastructure Services Unit, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Closing Session Statements

pdf-icon  H.E. Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, UN-OHRLLS 


13 October, 2016 @ 9:00 am
14 October, 2016 @ 5:30 pm


Permanent Mission of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Los Tajibos Hotel, Ave. San Martin, 455,
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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