Latin America and Caribbean regional meeting to review Vienna Programme of Action begins in Santiago, Chile

Santiago, 11 June 2019 – Midway through the ten-year programme of action for the world’s thirty-two landlocked developing countries, officials from landlocked and transit countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region are meeting to take stock of their collective progress in implementing the Vienna Programme of Action.

Group photo following the opening session. Photo: UNECLAC

The two-day meeting is bringing together senior government officials from landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), transit countries, development partners as well as representatives from the United Nations to share best practices and lessons learned over the last five years. 

The meeting is seen as an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned on a host of issues including: improving connectivity through policy coordination and harmonization, improving transport connectivity, sustainable energy, regional integration, increasing trade potential and promoting trade facilitation as well as progress on structural economic transformation and industrialization.

The meeting is expected to produce an outcome, in the form of a Chair’s Summary, which will lay out concrete deliverables.

The regional meeting is the third and final meeting before the Midterm Review of the Vienna Programme of Action which will take place in December 2019 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Full press release by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean: Link

Further information about the meeting: http://www.lldc2conference.org/latin-america-regional-midterm-review/