High-level Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action and other Development Gaps faced by the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)
12-14 April 2011
Jointly organized by ESCAP and
the Government of Mongolia
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of Mongolia will jointly convene a High-Level Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action and other Development Gaps faced by the Landlocked Developing Countries on 12-14 April 2011 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The High-level Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue will be organized by ESCAP in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia. The meeting would bring together all key stakeholders of the Almaty Programme of Action, including member governments, the UN system, relevant regional organizations, development partners and the broad spectrum of the civil society from Asia and the Pacific region. Senior policymakers and other stakeholders from the LLDCs of the Asia and the Pacific region, their development partners and other member States will be invited to attend the meeting. The main objective of the meeting is to facilitate the assessment of the progress so far made in the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action in the context of the fast evolving regional and global economic environment and identify key issues and development gaps that would require global and regional cooperation to further advance the objectives of the Almaty Programme of Action, with special reference to other internationally agreed goals including MDGs.
Senior government policymakers and other stakeholders from 12 LLDCs i.e. Afghanistan , Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as other ESCAP member countries, will take part in the meeting. The UN system, relevant regional organizations, development partners, broad spectrum of the civil society from Asia-Pacific region and private sector will also be invited. A senior official of Mongolia is expected to open the meeting.
The LLDCs will be requested to submit brief country reviews on their respective implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action and other development challenges faced by them. Based on the 12 Asia-Pacific LLDC country reviews and discussions in the meeting, a draft Outcome Document will be considered and endorsed by the participants.
The draft Outcome Document will be presented to the 67th annual ESCAP Commission session in Bangkok in May 2011 for deliberation and guidance to the secretariat by member Governments for further assistance to the LLDCs.