The Eleventh Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries was held on 26 September 2012, in New York, in the sidelines of the 67th session of the General Assembly general debate.
The meeting was chaired by His Excellency, Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of LLDCs. His opening statement is available here.
H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General delivered opening remarks, followed by a briefing on the porearations for the comprehensive 10-year review conference on the Almaty Programme of Action, by Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).
The meeting was attended by Ministers and representatives of the following Member States: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Paraguay, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Representatives from UNCTAD, UNIDO and UN-OHRLLS also attended.
List of statements delivered during the general debate:
- H.E. Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal
- H.E. Mr. Luvsanvandan Bold, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Mongolia
- H.E. Mr. Hamrokhon Zarifi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan
- H.E. Mr. Kayrat Umarov, Acting Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
- Honorable Mr. Asuman Kiyingi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Uganda
- Mr. Karma Rangdol, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, National Assembly, Bhutan
- H.E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
- H.E. Mr. Aman Hassen Bame, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations
- Mr. Jose Crespo, Director General of Multilateral Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plurinational State of Bolivia (Spanish only)
- Mr. Michael T. Clark, Inter-regional Adviser, UNCTAD
- H.E. Mr. Der Kogda, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso to the United Nations
The Communiqué adopted by the Ministers called for the accelerated implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action and, inter alia, for: (1) assistance by the development community to LLDCs to implement policy measures to strengthen and broaden their productive capacities and enhance value addition to their exports in order to be able to reap available trade opportunities and to enable LLDCs cope with multiple external shocks and to mitigate the impact of new and emerging challenges; (2) provision of financial, technological and capacity-building support to enable LLDCs to address the impacts of climate change; (3) the inclusion in the agreement on trade facilitation in the final outcome of the Doha Development Round of binding commitments ensuring freedom of transit, strict limits on fees, charges and formalities and transparency as well as common standards for documentation requirements; (4) Aid for Trade flows to give adequate consideration to the special needs and requirements of landlocked developing countries; (5) UN-OHRLLS to further its efforts in the promotion of an African transport infrastructure intergovernmental agreement particularly for the Trans-African Highway.
The Minsiters also stressed that the comprehensive ten-year review conference should come up with a development agenda that could enable the landlocked developing countries to integrate into the global trading system and move closer to achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs in the next decade. The new framework should also provide for effective arrangements for follow-up, review and monitoring of its implementation. The Ministers called upon all Landlocked Developing Countries to engage fully in the preparation process for the ten-year review of the Almaty Programme of Action and to participate in the conference itself at the highest level possible. The international community was asked to give particular importance to the preparatory process and ensure their active participation in the conference in 2014.