7 June 2018 – Government of India announces contribution towards midterm review of the Vienna Programme of Action for landlocked developing countries

The Government of India contributed $250,000 today towards the upcoming high-level comprehensive midterm review of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries. At a meeting in New York Mr. Ashish Sinha, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, formally handed over a cheque on behalf of the Government of India to Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).

This contribution will enable UN-OHRLLS to support the participation of the landlocked developing countries in the meeting and its preparatory process. The midterm review, scheduled to be held in 2019, will be a forum to assess the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action, share best practices, identify obstacles and new challenges encountered and put forward actions needed to overcome them, in order to further accelerate the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action.

“We are delighted to work with India in support of landlocked developing countries and thank the Government for this generous financial contribution,” said Ms. ‘Utoikamanu. “India is a major partner from the South and also an important transit country for landlocked developing countries to transport their products to sea ports.”

Close cooperation with transit countries is highlighted in the Vienna Programme of Action as critical for improved connectivity and enhanced external trade of LLDCs. The Government of India is committed to the fundamental principles of south-south cooperation and has previously made contributions to the Second UN Conference on LLDCs in 2014, which adopted the Vienna Programme of Action, as well as the Istanbul Conference on Least Developed Countries and its midterm review.