VIENNA, 23 September 2020 - The Director General LI Yong delivered a statement at the Annual Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries' (LLDCs) Foreign Ministers. At this occasion, Foreign Ministers of all LLDCs agreed on priorities to be implemented in the remaining five years of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA). The meeting adopted the Ministerial Declaration and launched the UN Roadmap for Accelerated Implementation of the VPoA. Ministers, high-level officials from transit developing countries and the UN system, and development partners also discussed the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on LLDCs, shared national experiences and identified recommendations for mitigating its impact.
The Director General expressed UNIDO’s support towards the socio-economic transformation of LLDCs. As means to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs on the ground, UNIDO shared its experience from the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) under different stages of implementation in four LLDCs, namely Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda and Zambia. Lessons learned from PCPs show that initiatives can have a greater impact to deliver joint-solutions to LLDCs if designed in partnership settings unleashing investments from the private sector and development partners.