Linking Landlocked Developing Countries to Global Opportunities
The successful implementation of the The Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) hinges on strengthened global partnerships and cooperation, according to members of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) at a High-Level Forum in New York this September.
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States OHRLLS, organized the High-Level Forum of Heads of States and Governments of Landlocked Developing Countries, with the ultimate objective for landlocked developing countries to reiterate their common vision and goals to end poverty and achieve sustainable development through the implementation of the VPoA for LLDCs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the end of the Forum, the LLDC Member States adopted a Declaration calling for the accelerated implementation of the VPoA through enhancing global partnerships and strengthening of the role of the United Nations System.
His Excellency Honourable Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, chaired the High-Level Forum in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of LLDCs. Other notable participating Heads of States included the Presidents of Mongolia and Tajikistan, the Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Lesotho, and Laos, and the Vice-Presidents of Botswana and Burundi. Ministers and other high-level officials represented their countries at the forum. Each Head of State or Government and High Official delivered a statement that outlined the challenges, experiences, best practices and current and future policies of their respective countries. His Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, also attended and delivered a statement on behalf of the United Nations, re-affirming the UN’s support for the Group of LLDCs and the successful implementation of the VPoA and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“The Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries represents a comprehensive plan of action to address the special challenges and needs of our countries […] However, we need resources and partnerships, including with our neighbouring transit countries, development partners, international institutions, the private sector, academia, think-tanks, and non-governmental organisations,” expressed Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia during his opening remarks.
Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, reiterated the importance of each of the six priority areas of the VPoA, acknowledged the work being done by development partners and international institutions such as the World Bank and the IRU. Mr. Acharya also noted the “strong coherence” Agenda 2030 held with the VPoA, which would ensure synergy between the LLDCs specific agenda and the global agenda.
By David Chapman