The 32 landlocked developing countries (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. The construction and effective maintenance of efficient transportation links, including roads, railways, inland waterways, airlines, and ports and deepened efforts for regional integration are needed for achieving the effective integration of the LLDCs into the international trading system and the world economy. The infrastructure and regional integration needs of the LLDCs are affirmed in the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for Landlocked Developing Countries adopted in November 2014. The successful implementation of the VPoA is crucial for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by the LLDCs and will depend on the quality, and quantity of technical and financial resources that they can mobilise.
This event, jointly organized by UN-OHRLLS and the Government of Zambia, will provide a platform to raise awareness on the special infrastructure and regional integration needs of the LLDCs and mobilise international support for raising additional resources for LLDCs.
Speakers will include ministers and government representatives from LLDCs, development partners, Heads of UN agencies and representatives from the private sector, civil society and foundations.
- Statement by H.E. Sam K. Kutesa
- Statement by UNCTAD DSG
- Statement by H.E. Bolund
- Statement by USG-OHRLLS