Bhutan at­tends sec­ond UN con­fer­ence on land locked de­vel­op­ing coun­tries

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The Sec­ond UN Con­fer­ence on Land­locked De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries (LLDCs), opened on 3rd Novem­ber 2014 in Vi­enna, Aus­tria con­cluded on the af­ter­noon of 5th Novem­ber 2014.

The Bhutanese Del­e­ga­tion to the Con­fer­ence was led by Am­bas­sador Kun­zang C. Nam­gyel, Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Bhutan to the United Na­tions in New York and com­prised of of­fi­cials from Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion.

The main out­come of the con­fer­ence was the adop­tion of the Vi­enna Pro­gramme of Ac­tion for Land­locked De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries for the Decade 2014-2014, which con­tains Six Pri­or­i­ties for Ac­tion, namely: a) Fun­da­men­tal tran­sit pol­icy is­sues, b) In­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance, c) In­ter­na­tional trade and trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion, d) Re­gional in­te­gra­tion and co­op­er­a­tion, e) Struc­tural eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, and f) Means of Im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The Con­fer­ence was pre- sided over by the For­eign Min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of Aus­tria, Mr. Se­bas­tian Kurtz. Bhutan was elected as one of the 15 Vice Pres­i­dents of the Con­fer­ence and in that ca­pac­ity, Am­bas­sador Kun­zang C. Nam­gyel presided over the 3rd Ple­nary Ses­sion of the Con­fer­ence.

Am­bas­sador Kun­zang C. Nam­gyel de­liv­ered Bhutan’s State­ment at the Con­fer­ence on the af­ter­noon of 4th Novem­ber. In her state­ment, she high­lighted the chal­lenges faced by Bhutan as a land­locked de­vel­op­ing coun­try and called for the Con­fer­ence to seize the his­toric op­por­tu­nity to adopt a for­ward look­ing pro­gramme of ac­tion that builds on the Al­maty Pro­gramme and in­clude ac­tions that would en­able LLDCs to pur­sue ro­bust eco­nomic growth through struc­tural trans­for­ma­tion of their economies, en­hanc­ing their pro­duc­tive ca­pac­ity and build­ing their re­silience to meet on­go­ing and emerg­ing chal­lenges.

The Bhutanese Del­e­ga­tion also par­tic­i­pated in the High-Level The­matic Round­table Ses­sions and Side Events on is­sues re­lated to Land­locked De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries, which were or­ga­nized in par­al­lel with the Con­fer­ence.

The Con­fer­ence had par­tic­i­pa­tion of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 129 gov­ern­ments of LLDCs, tran­sit de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and donor coun­tries, which in­cluded 7 at the level of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment and 40 at the Min­is­te­rial level. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the United Na­tions, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the Pres­i­dent of the 69th Gen­eral Assem­bly, Mr. Sam Kutesa also par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of UN and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and the pri­vate sec­tor.

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