Second Committee Statement on Agenda Item 21 (b) “Follow-up to the second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries”

Jason Lawrence
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
November 26, 2019


The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution on the Follow-up to the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries.

We wish to make several clarifying points on the final text. Regarding the reference to “enabling policies,” because of the openness of our services market, we do not believe this provision pertains to the United States. However, we can support others’ efforts at further market-liberalization. Concerning the reference to the International Think Tank for LLDCs, we do not believe it is appropriate to mention a private organization in this context.

Finally, regarding our position with respect to the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Agreement and climate change, Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction, New Urban Agenda, trade, and UN involvement in the WTO, we refer you to our Global Explanation of Position delivered on November 21, 2019.