High-Level Forum of Landlocked Developing Countries: Linking Landlocked Developing Countries into Global Opportunities

UNHQ, New York, 28 September 2015

The High-Level Forum of Landlocked Developing Countries was held on 28 September 2015, in New York, in the side-lines of the 70th session of the General Assembly general debate.

The Forum was chaired by His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of LLDCs. His opening statement is available here.

H.E Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly delivered opening remarks as well, available here.

This Forum was attended by Heads of States or Governments or their representatives from the following Member States: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Paraguay, Tajikistan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Representatives from the IRU, UNCTAD, UN-OHRLLS and World Bank also attended.

List of statements delivered by Heads of State and Governments:

List of statements delivered during the interactive debate:

  • Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • Mr. Jorge Familiar Calderon, Vice President of the World Bank for Latin America and Caribbean
  • H.E. Simbarashe Mumberengegwi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe
  • H.E. Don Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara, President of the Republic of Paraguay (Spanish Only)
  • H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia
  • H.E. Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS)
  • H.E. Mr. Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (English)
  • Honourable Mr. Prakash Man Singh, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Nepal
  • Mr. Luigi De Chiara, Minister Plenipotentiary, Directorate of Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy
  • Ambassador Peter Launsky, Director General for Development Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria
  • Ambassador Per Thöresson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden
  • H.E. Mr. Asset Issekeshev, Minister of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Mr. Wahidullah Waissi, Directorate-General of Economic Cooperation within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • H.E. Aichatou Boulama Kane, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Negeriens of Abroad of Niger
  • Mr. Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General of IRU
  • H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • H.E. Mr. Andrei Galbur, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova

The ­Declaration adopted by the Forum expressed a collective commitment to the accelerated implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action and, inter alia: (1) promoting structural economic transformation in order to reduce the negative impact of landlockedness and external shocks; (2) promoting meaningful regional integration to encompass cooperation among countries in a broader range of areas than just trade and trade facilitation; (3) developing the service sector through the development of information and communications technology infrastructure and their integration in all the relevant areas to promote competitiveness, innovation and inclusion; (4) supporting the speedy ratification or accession of the International Think Tank in order for the think tank to produce quality, actionable research which can improve national and international decision making for issues pertaining to landlocked developing countries; (5) supporting the ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement that was reached during the Bali Ministerial Conference in 2013, noting that Botswana and Niger have led the way among our group by ratifying the agreement.

The Forum also stressed the central role of a renewed and strengthened global partnership for achieving the goal of eradicating poverty in landlocked developing countries and integrating them into the world economy. The Forum called upon leaders of the developed countries and transit countries, international organizations, and development partners to agree and commit to a strengthened and scaled-up global partnership for development, including financial assistance, technology transfer, and capacity-building mechanisms. The Forum also called for relevant United Nations Agencies and relevant international and regional organizations to continue mainstreaming the Vienna Programme of Action into their programme of work, to support the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action within their existing mandates and to conduct regular sectoral and thematic reviews of the Programme of Action, as appropriate.