Inaugural meeting of the LLDCs National Focal Point Network

Thursday, 16 June 2022 - 9:00am to Friday, 17 June 2022 - 9:00am

United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)


Towards accelerated implementation of the VPoA and building coherence with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development: The role of National Focal Points


The Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024 (VPoA) was adopted at the Second United Nations Conference on LLDCs held in November 2014. The VPoA provides a comprehensive framework to tackle LLDCs’ special challenges and improve their integration into the global economy through six mutually reinforcing priority areas: transit, infrastructure development, international trade and trade facilitation, regional integration and cooperation, structural economic transformation, and means of implementation. The VPoA is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Member States Governments are invited to mainstream the Vienna Programme of Action into their national and sectoral development strategies for its effective implementation. The VPoA also encourages LLDCs to establish national coordination mechanisms, where appropriate. Paragraph 66 of the VPoA stresses that primary responsibility of development and progress rests with the Member States. It is in this regard that OHRLLS has undertaken to establish the National Focal Point Network for LLDCs to facilitate effective implementation of the VPoA at national level as mandated by the VPoA. The establishment of the LLDCs National Focal Points Network also follows the successful establishment of the same network for the LDCs and SIDS Groups.

The High-level Midterm review (MTR) on the implementation of the VPoA held in December 2019 called for action to accelerate the implementation of the VPoA. Strengthening of coherence, coordination and monitoring at the national, regional and global levels is fundamental to accelerating implementation. The role of national focal points is therefore important in spearheading national level implementation and in fostering coherence in the implementation of the National Development plan, the VPoA, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other relevant development frameworks at national level.

To further accelerate the implementation of the VPoA, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of LLDCs adopted a Roadmap for Accelerated Implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action in September 2021. The Roadmap provides a comprehensive map of activities and responsibilities of the wider UN family and other international and regional organizations in seven thematic priority action areas of importance to the sustainable development of the LLDCs including: transit, trade and transport facilitation, Energy and ICT, Structural economic transformation, Cooperation between LLDCs and transit countries, Means of implementation and international support, COVID-19 and other areas. The successful implementation of the Roadmap is greatly dependent on the uptake of the UN and other international support by LLDCs at national level. In the Roadmap, UN-OHRLLS has committed to establish the National Focal Point Network with the support of the Residents Coordinators.






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