Today is the beginning of the UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries, which takes place in Vienna and lasts until Wednesday 5th November. Attended by representatives from LLDC governments, transit developing countries, donor countries, UN and other international organisations and the private sector, the conference aims to shape the new development agenda for landlocked developing countries for the next decade.

FXB’s founder Albina du Boisrouvray commented on the start of the conference:

“Today is the start of the UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) in Vienna, Austria. FXB International has FXBVillage programmes in landlocked countries around the world, including Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. We support the UN Under Secretary General’s calls for economic diversification in landlocked developing countries.

“However, for countries to achieve sustainable development and an exit from extreme poverty we need to look at the micro level as well as the macro level. One key factor is creating and supporting diversified income-generating activities for the poorest in society. This is why all FXBVillage programmes worldwide focus on achieving sustainable growth through income-generating activities such as farming, animal breeding and training in small business management. Only through rooting all activity in at a local level and focussing on long-term self-sustaining solutions, as the FXBVillage model does, can progress be achieved.”