Due to the lack of direct access to the sea the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are faced with challenges related to their geography that deprive them of direct access to seaborne trade, compounded by cumbersome transit and border procedures, and inadequate transport infrastructure of the coastal transit countries. LLDCs therefore face high trade costs that remain a major stumbling block for their integrating into the global economy and their overall development. The Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for LLDCs as well as the special Roadmap on its Accelerated Implementation aim to address those challenges in a more coherent manner since the VPoA is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Ministerial Meeting will reinforce the political commitment to the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action, the outcome of the comprehensive High-Level Midterm Review as well as the Decade for Action with a view to accelerating their implementation and achieve the SDGs in LLDCs. The meeting will contribute to the discussions of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The meeting will also share experiences on addressing the impact of COVID-19 and provide recommendations. The meeting will adopt a Ministerial Declaration of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries. The Ministerial meeting aims to review the possible ways for the efficient coordination of the Roadmap.