Ten year action-plan adopted for landlocked developing countries

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UNMISS Japanese engineers undertake a major upgrade of Yei Road in Juba, South Sudan to improve the quality of life for those that live in the area, and traffic in general. (2012) UNMISS Photo/Staton Winter

A ten-year action plan to accelerate sustainable development in the world's 32 landlocked developing countries known as LLDCs has been adopted at a major United Nations conference in Vienna, Austria.

The Programme of Action includes steps to help LLDCs to improve international trade and bolster regional integration and cooperation.

The countries are characterised by their lack of easy access to oceans and seas and the resulting impact on trade and development.

Since Monday, more than 1,000 participants from around the world have been discussing the challenges they face, including transport, sustainable energy, trade facilitation and economic diversification.

Conference side events considered agriculture, connectivity challenges, the role of migration and the special issues faced by mountainous LLDCs.

It is estimated that 440 million people globally live in landlocked countries.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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