Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:00am to 5:30pm
Washington, D.C., World Bank HQ, I Building, room MC4 - 800
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Press release (UN-OHRLLS, June 14, 2013)
The Almaty Ministerial Conference (2003) was the first global venue to specifically address the problems of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). It brought together Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries, Donor Countries, and International Financial and Development Institutions. The Conference and the Programme of Action adopted at the Conference address the access problem of LLDCs, with the following seven objectives:
Secure access to and from the sea by all means of transport according to applicable rules of international law
Reduce costs and improve services so as to increase the competitiveness of their exports;
Reduce the delivered costs of imports
Address problems of delays and uncertainties in trade routes
Develop adequate national networks; reduce loss, damage and deterioration en route
Open the way for export expansion
Improve safety of road transport and security of people along the corridors.
In December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly decided to hold in 2014 a comprehensive ten-year review Conference of the Almaty Programme of Action for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries, preceded by regional and global as well as thematic preparations in a most effective, well-structured and broad participatory manner.
This event was organized jointly with the UN Office of the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (UN-OHRLLS), designated as the United Nations System-wide focal point for the preparatory review process.
External participants included high-ranking officials from landlocked countries, the UN Under Secretary General Gyan Chandra ACHARYA and the Ambassadors and representatives of the LLDCs and selected transit countries in Washington and New York.
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Concept note of the event
Improving Trade and Transport for Landlocked Developing Countries