HOPE’87 at 2nd United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries

On behalf of HOPE’87, Assistant Secretary General Dr. Maisa Khalil participated at the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries that took place from 3-5 November 2014 in Vienna under high-level attendance of various Heads of State, Ministers and senior representatives from governments and international organisations. The conference has been inaugurated by H.E. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria and President of the Conference and H.E. Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria as host of the event amongst others. There are 32 countries that are classified as landlocked developing, 16 of which are located in Africa, 10 in Asia, 4 in Europe and 2 in Latin America. Remoteness and isolation from world markets, lack of territorial access to the sea and high transit costs continue to constitute serious constraints on their overall socio-economic development. The conference’s objective to put together an action plan aimed at accelerating sustainable development in these countries has successfully evolved in the adoption of the “Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024”.