Remarks at a Joint ECOSOC-General Assembly Thematic Event on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) Ahead of the Third Conference on LLDCs (LLDC3)

Ambassador Thomas Armbruster
Senior Adviser for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
New York, New York
December 7, 2023


Thank you, Chair, and our thanks to the Presidents of the General Assembly and ECOSOC.

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, and friends, the United States recognizes the unique challenges that landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face and believes the Third United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries is an important opportunity to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are committed to working together – bilaterally and multilaterally – to ensure that the LLDCs get more attention, resources, and support. As the world’s largest bilateral donor, the United States has provided over $50 billion in Official Development Assistance to support LLDCs during the Vienna Programme of Action.

We believe quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure that is fiscally and environmentally sound is critical. We are committed to transparent, high-standard projects that deliver real economic benefits while protecting the environment, communities, and workers’ rights.

The United States championed the G7’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, or PGII, mobilizing $600 billion by 2027 to help low- and middle-income countries, including LLDCs. The U.S. is also working with our partners and the OECD to develop the Blue Dot Network, a mechanism to certify infrastructure projects that meet comprehensive global standards on quality and sustainability. The Blue Dot Network seeks to attract additional private sector investment for infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries by signaling to investors that certified projects are lower risk.

As the U.S. expands the PGII footprint, we are focused on clean energy supply chains, trusted information and communications technology networks, transportation corridors, sustainable agriculture and food infrastructure, and resilient health care.

The U.S. values the role of science, technology, and innovation in accelerating our sustainability efforts. Artificial intelligence is now forecasting extreme weather; improving agricultural productivity; predicting, preparing for and responding to outbreaks of disease and new viruses; and building clean energy infrastructure for a healthier future. The United States proudly hosted “Artificial Intelligence for Accelerating Progress on Sustainable Development Goals” on September 18. At the event, Secretary Blinken announced $15 million to leverage the power of AI to drive global good and advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

We believe it is critical that stakeholders work with a broad range of partners to grow local capacity so they will be sustained long after development cooperation ends.

We are strongest when we face global challenges together, sharing our wisdom, experiences, and strengths. The United States looks forward to working with all stakeholders on the path to the Kigali Programme of Action and to future opportunities to work together.

Thank you.