High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries
Owing to their long distances from the sea, landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face disproportionately high transport and trade transaction costs that further intensify their comparative disadvantage relative to other developing countries. These unique challenges of LLDCs are stemming from their geographical location, as well as inadequate physical infrastructure, lack of effective implementation of a conducive legal framework on transit transport, low productive capacities, low diversification and value addition of their economies and exports.
The High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs is jointly organized by the Government of Bolivia, the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).
The meeting will review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges, in the development and maintenance of efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems and the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport. It will identify new strategies, cooperation initiatives and policy recommendations on how to develop and further improve transit transport systems for the benefit of the LLDCs, strengthen cooperation, enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance and promote sustainable transport in the LLDCs. The recommendations of the meeting are expected to contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs into the first global sustainable transport conference to be held from 26-27 November 2016 in Turkmenistan.
The meeting will be attended by the Ministers of Transport of LLDCs. Ministers of transport of transit developing countries and selected development partners, as well as representatives of the UN system, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations and financial institutions, private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will also be invited to participate at senior official level.
The objectives of the meeting include:
i. To review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges, in the development and maintenance of efficient transport systems;
ii. To review the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport;
iii. To share ideas, lessons learned and good practices on how to improve transit transport infrastructure and sustainable transport systems for increased connectivity of the LLDCs, and on how to enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance;
iv. To identify strategies, new measures and recommendations on how to further improve transport infrastructure development and maintenance in LLDCs and how to strengthen cooperation on transport for the benefit of LLDCs;
v. To contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs to the global conference on sustainable transport to be held in November 2016 in Turkmenistan.