Annual Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries
23 September 2021
10.00 AM – 01.00 PM
Leaving no one behind: Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 in LLDCs and accelerated implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action and the special Roadmap
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.