The meeting aims to analyze and assess the impact of the geographical handicaps of LLDCs on their development prospects and the achievement of internationally agreed development goals and share ideas and lessons learned. This appraisal will provide a basis for future priorities, policies and initiatives that can address the key development needs and challenges of LLDCs and will directly contribute to the substantive preparations of the new global action-oriented framework for LLDCs to be adopted at the Review Conference in 2014.

Specifically, the brainstorming meeting focused on issues of the new landscape of international trade, trade facilitation, transit transport cooperation, structural transformation of LLDCs economies, international support measures, emerging challenges and opportunities and the post-2015 development agenda.


Presentations and statements:

Session 1. The development challenges of LLDCs and their participation in the international trading system

  • Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Secretary General of the Second UN Conference on LLDCs, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
  • H.E. Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the United Nations and Chairman of the Group of LLDC

Session 2. LLDCs and international trade and trade facilitation

  • Ms. Arancha Gonz¡lez Laya, Chief of Staff in the office of the Director General of the World Trade Organization
  • Mr. Jose Rubiato, Head, Trade Logistics Branch, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Takashi Nakao, Regional Development Manager for the Asia Pacific region, Capacity Building Directorate, World Customs Organization
  • Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President, Federation of Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Session 3. Transit transport cooperation at bilateral, regional; and global levels

  • Ms. Eva Molnar, Director, Transport Division and ECE focal point for APoA
  • Mr. Igor Rounov, Under Secretary General, Head of IRU Permanent Delegation to Eurasia
  • Mr. Marc Juhel, Sector Manager of the Transport Division in the Energy, Transport and Water Department, World Bank
  • Mr. Donat Bagula, Executive Secretary, The Permanent Secretariat of the Transit Transport Co-ordination Authority of the Northern Corridor, Africa
  • Mr. Alexey Stukalo, Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Economic Activities, Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, OSCE Secretariat

Session 4. Emerging challenges for LLDCs: climate change; desertification, land degradation; economic and financial shocks; food security

Session 5. Priorities to structurally transform LLDCs economies and harnessing emerging opportunities, enhance trade, diversify, development of productive capacities and services sector

Session 6. International support measures and special attention to LLDCs

  • Mr. Sandagdorj Erdenebileg, Chief, Policy Development, Coordination and reporting Service, UN-OHRLLS
  • Mr. Americo Beviglia Zampetti, Macroeconomics, Development and Environmental Affairs, Delegation of the European Union to the UN
  • Mr. Yiping Zhou, Director of UN Office for South-South
  • Mr. Anders Aeroe, Director, Division of Market Development, ITC
  • Ms. Agnes Soucat, Director, African Development Bank
  • Mr. Erdenetsogt Odbayar, Interim Director, International Think Tank on LLDCs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia

Session 7. LLDCs and the Post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals

Session 8. Priority areas for a new development agenda for LLDCs