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General Assembly: High-level plenary meeting of the Assembly devoted to the midterm review on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024 - 1) High-level panel. 2) Interactive panel 1
6 Dec 2019 -  Follow-up to the second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries - Item 21 (b) - A/74/L.7
High-level midterm review on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for the Decade 2014-2024
1) High-level panel on challenges and opportunities for the VPoA and its interlinkages with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
2) Interactive Panel on Promoting trade, trade facilitation and structural economic transformation in Landlocked Developing Countries.
LLDCs’ global merchandise exports decreased from 1.19% in 2014 to an estimated 0.98% in 2018 and the majority of LLDCs are still commodities-dependent. The high-level panel will explore integrated policies and strategies, including on poverty eradication, skills training, deepening cooperation, partnerships, and support for LLDCs’ increased exports and integration into global trade as well as achieving structural transformation that is economically sustainable and resilient to disasters.
The high-level panel will examine the challenges and opportunities experienced in the implementation of the VPoA and identify priorities, policies and solutions to accelerate its implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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. The specific challenges faced by LLDCs, particularly regarding disaster risk reduction, poverty eradication and zero hunger must be prioritized to ensure that no one is left behind in achieving the 2030 Agenda.
The review will assess progress made, identify obstacles and constraints encountered, emerging challenges and opportunities, as well as finding ways to further accelerate its implementation in the remaining five years. The High-level midterm review will adopt an inter-governmentally negotiated and agreed draft political declaration.
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