UNESCAP/UN-OHRLLS/UNECE Euro-Asian Regional Midterm Review

Of the Vienna Programme of Action for the Landlocked Developing Countries 

For the Decade 2014-2024

11-12 February 2019, Bangkok

The Landlocked Developing Countries face many challenges due to their geographical situation. To address the challenges of the LLDCs, the international community adopted in 2014 the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024.

Nearing the halfway in the implementation of the VPoA, the LLDCs exhibit mixed results in their progress in achieving the priorities of the Vienna Programme. 

In this regard, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) organized the Euro-Asian Regional Midterm Review of the implementation of the VPoA in February  2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

 

Background Information

DescriptionDownload
Concept NoteEnglish
Draft ProgrammeEnglish
Information NoteEnglish
UNESCAP page on Euro-Asian Regional Midterm Review MeetingEnglish

Media
DescriptionDownload
Media AdvisoryEnglish
Final Joint Press ReleaseEnglish
Communication and Social Media ToolkitEnglish

 

 

Euro-Asia MTR Sessions
Description Download
Day 1
Opening Session: High-level stocktaking of progress over the last five years
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary and USG
UNESCAP
English
Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under Secretary-General and
High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked
Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
English
Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary and USG UNECEEnglish
Ms. Valerie Cliff, Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau
of Asia and the Pacific of UNDP
English
Session 1: Fundamental Transit Policy Issues
Mr Shishir Priyadarshi, Director, Development Division, World Trade Organization English
Ms. Azhar Jaimurzina, Chief, Transport Facilitation and Logistics Section, Transport Division, UNESCAPEnglish
Mr. Roel Janssens, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe[Presentation] [Speaking points]
Countries interventions[Mongolia][Nepal]
Session 2: Connectivity and Transport Infrastructure Development
Ms. Azhar Jaimurzina, Chief, Transport Facilitation and Logistics Section, Transport Division, UNESCAP English
Mr. Roel Janssens, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe[Presentation] [Speaking points]
Countries interventions [Bangladesh][Kazakhstan][Azerbaijan]
Session 3: ICT Connectivity, Sustainable Energy and Regional Integration
Ms. Gladys Mutangadura, Senior Programme Officer, UNOHRLLSEnglish
Mr. Mircea Ciopraga, Secretary General, Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA[Presentation] [Speaking points]
Mr. Ashish Narayan, Programme Coordinator, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the PacificEnglish
Countries Intervention[Afghanistan][Tajikistan][Bhutan]
Day 2
Session 4: International Trade and Trade Facilitation
Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section
Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, UNESCAP
English
Mr. Mussie Delelegn, Chief, LLDC’ Section, Division for Africa,
LDCs and Special Programmes, UNCTAD
English
Countries Intervention[Cambodia] [LaoPDR] [Mongolia]
Session 5: Structural Economic Transformation
Mr. Stein Hansen, Regional Director and Representative of
UNIDO
English
Mr. Nyingtob Norbu, Counties with Special Needs Section,
Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division,
UNESCAP
English
Mr. Erdenetsogt Odbayar, Executive Director, International
Think Tank for LLDCs
English
Countries Interventions[Armenia] [Bhutan]
Session 6: Means of Implementation Partnerships and Follow-up and Review
Ms. Dagmar Hertova, Programme Officer, UN-OHRLLSEnglish
Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator and Representative for
Asia-Pacific, United Nations Office for Office South-South
Cooperation
English
Ms. Johanna Lindner, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of
Austria to the United Nations in New York, Federal Ministry for
Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
English
Countries interventions Nepal
Closing Session
Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under Secretary-General and
High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked
Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
English
Mr. Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNESCAPEnglish
H.E. Ms. Doma Tshering, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom
of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York and Co-Facilitator for
the Mid Term Review of the Vienna Programme of Action
English

 

 

Background Documents 
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Vienna Programme of ActionEnglish
VPoA FactsheetEnglish
2018 Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024 (A/73/297)English
Achieving the SDGs in Landlocked Developing Countries through Connectivity and Trade Facilitation (UN-OHRLLS, 2018) English
Improving Cooperation on Transit, Trade Facilitation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Euro-Asia Region (UN-OHRLLS, 2017)English
Asia Regional Report on Improving Transit Cooperation, Trade and Trade Facilitation for the Benefit of the Landlocked Developing Countries – Current Status and Policy Implications (UN-OHRLLS, 2016)English
General Assembly Resolution A/RES/72/232English
Background Report: Improving Transport Connectivity, International Trade and Trade Facilitation for LLDCs in Euro-Asia RegionEnglish
Background Report: Review of Progress made in structural economic transformation in Euro-Asian landlocked developing countries (LLDCs)
English