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Director General Li on mission to New York and Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C., 26 September 2014 - The Director General met with Jin-Yong Cai, Executive Vice-President and CEO of the International Finance Corporation. Prior to this meeting, the Director General had a telephone conversation with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Both Kim and Cai expressed their strong support for UNIDO’s efforts on promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) and commitment to working together with UNIDO in the two pilot countries Ethiopia and Senegal. For this purpose, they promised to send high-level representatives to attend the second ISID forum which will take place from 4 to 5 November 2014 in Vienna.

NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 - In a meeting with Michiel Eman, Prime Minister of Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands), the Director General discussed the crucial importance of inclusive and sustainable industrialization in the post-2015 era. In this context, they further discussed the Prime Minister's vision of a "sustainable island" for Aruba, based on 100 per cent renewable energy sources, and economic growth that benefits the citizens. The Prime Minister extended an invitation to UNIDO to participate in various projects and programmes in Aruba and the Caribbean, and both parties agreed to strengthen cooperation at all levels.

NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 - The Director General co-chaired an event, along with Georg Kell, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, launching a report on a series of consultations on “Engaging with the private sector in the Post-2015 agenda”. These consultations, carried out under the auspices of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), discussed successful business strategies and actions that can help bringing private industries into the implementation of the post-2015 agenda as essential partners for advancing inclusive and sustainable growth and development. The discussion was moderated by Christine Bader, author and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Amina Mohammed, Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, delivered a keynote speech that underlined the inclusive nature of the process to shape the Post-2015 development agenda, both at the intergovernmental level, including the outcome document of the Open Working Group, and with reference to the dialogue streams that comprise the consultation at hand.

NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 - At the margins of the opening of the General Assembly, the Director General met with Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotorimanana, President of Madagascar, and discussed the future of cooperation in the country, based on agri-industrial development and capacity building for increasing the industrial human resource pool. The President commended UNIDO for excellent cooperation so far, and praised the successful work of the UNIDO office in Antananarivo.

NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 - In a meeting with Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the Director General discussed the recent developments in the negotiations towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Further, Ethiopia's inclusive and sustainable industrialization path was touched upon, and the forthcoming second ISID forum was explained in detail.

NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 - The Director General met with Charles Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda.

NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 - The Director General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Gonzalo Gutiérrez Reinel, met at the margins of the Secretary-General's Climate Summit 2014 in New York, discussing the first year of implementation of the Lima Declaration, which was adopted during the UNIDO General Conference in December 2013. Both parties considered it a positive development that inclusive and sustainable industrialization is now considered an integral part of the post-2015 development agenda, and it was agreed to continue the close collaboration in this context. Further, the Foreign Minister pointed out that Peru has adopted a comprehensive industrialization and economic diversification strategy and counts on UNIDO in this endeavour. The Director General ensured the Minister of UNIDO's continued support in the country's national strategy, and commended the leadership of the Government of Peru in many pertinent international issues, including climate change. Finally, he cordially invited Peru to engage with UNIDO in the forthcoming partnership forum in November 2014 in Vienna.

NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 - At the margins of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York, the Director General met with Evo Morales, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, to discuss areas of common interest and possibilities of further cooperation. During the discussion, inclusive and sustainable industrialization was recognized as one of the crucial pillars of development, and the importance of productive sectors, particularly SMEs, was pointed out by both parties. Finally, the Director General commended the Plurinational State of Bolivia for the leadership in the G77 New York chapter over the past year, also in connection with the fifty-year anniversary of the group. Both parties agreed to intensify cooperation.

NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, and Tony A. Debrum, Senator, Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands.

NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, and David Lear, Dell Inc.'s Executive Director of Sustainability, have signed an agreement to cooperate on identifying and implementing a sustainable solution model for e-waste management for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 - At the margins of the opening of the General Assembly in New York, the Director General met with Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, to discuss the recently signed joint declaration for building a resource-efficient low-carbon economy through inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Barbados. It is expected that this will directly contribute to the country's medium-term growth and development strategy, and particularly benefit women and youth.

NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 - In his role as Chairperson of the multi-stakeholder Green Industry Platform, the Director General presided over a meeting of the initiative's high-level Advisory Board in New York, on the margins of the 69th session of the General Assembly and the United Nations Climate Summit 2014. This second meeting of the Advisory Board provided the convening organizations of the Green Industry Platform - UNIDO and UNEP - with detailed guidance on the Platform's potential role in the post-2015 setting, and encouraged the Platform to act as an interface between global business, including SMEs, and the emerging Sustainable Development Goals.

NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 - The Director General was invited for a guest lecture at Columbia University on "The role of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the post-2015 development agenda". There, he also met with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative of the Secretary-General in collaboration with Jeffrey Sachs, and discussed the issue of climate finance and technology with several heads of state and government.

Director General Li congratulates winners of 2014 SEED Awards

LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), congratulated the winners of the 2014 SEED Gender Equality Award and winners in other categories that were announced in Nairobi on Wednesday night at the SEED Africa Symposium. “Economic growth, environmental sustainability and the alleviation of poverty cannot take place without women. Women’s empowerment is crucial for inclusive and sustainable industrial development and UNIDO is committed to promote gender equality in its work. This year’s SEED Gender Equality Award Winners are best case examples of how women-led enterprises can be leading the way for a green industry growth path and we are eager to see their businesses flourish in the months and years ahead,” said Director General Li.

Director General Li on mission to China

BEIJING, 13 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong had a meeting with Justin Lin, the former World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, in the Peking University. They exchanged views on the inclusive and sustainable industrial development of developing countries as well as developed countries.

BEIJING, 12 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong had a meeting with SU Bo, Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology. LI Yong briefed the Minister on progress in UNIDO, particularly with regard to ISID, as well as the developments in the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals, the latest draft of which recognize the importance of industrialization through a self-standing goal. He noted with pleasure the growing relationship with the Ministry, and emitted the hope that cooperation between the Ministry and UNIDO can be further strengthened. SU Bo echoed the Director General's hope for continued and strengthened cooperation, and covered a wide range of potential areas of cooperation, from project development and implementation to exchanges of personnel.

BEIJING, 12 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong had a meeting with GENG Ming, Deputy Director of the China Office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. LI Yong briefed Geng on the elaboration of the Pharmaceutical Management Plan for Africa (PMPA) and the latest developments in the cooperation with WHO, UNAIDS, and the Global Fund for AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Finally, he briefly described UNIDO's activities on ISID and invited the Foundation to participate in the upcoming ISID Forum, noting its focus on Ethiopia and Senegal. Geng briefed the Director General on the mission, programmes, and structures of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, globally and more specifically in China. She showed great interest in the work that UNIDO is doing on the PMPA, noting its close relationship with the work which the Foundation is undertaking in its focal area of Global Health. She mentioned the fact that the Foundation was supporting a mission by a group of Chinese Pharmaceutical companies to Africa to study the possibilities of local production.

BEIJING, 12 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong had a meeting with CHEN Lei, Minister of Water Resources of China. LI Yong briefed the Minister on progress in UNIDO, particularly with regard to ISID, as well as the developments in the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals, the latest draft of which recognizes the importance of industrialization through a self-standing goal. He noted with pleasure the long relationship UNIDO has had with the International Centre for Small Hydropower supported by the Ministry, and emitted the hope that cooperation between the Ministry and UNIDO can be further strengthened in the areas of conservation of water resources. CHEN Lei echoed the Director General's hope for continued and strengthened cooperation, and thanked UNIDO for its decades-long support to the Ministry, particularly through the International Centre for Small Hydropower. He warmly thanked UNIDO for its support in securing the approval by GEF of its first project proposal in GEF-6. He declared the Ministry's readiness to work with UNIDO on its new partnerships.

XIAMEN, China, 8 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong had a meeting with YOU Quan, Secretary of Fujian Provincial Party Committee in Xiamen during the 18th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT). LI Yong recalled UNIDO’s assistance to the Government of China on the establishment of Special Economic Zones in the early 1980s. He expressed his support for the initiatives of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road proposed by the China's President XI Jinping. YOU Quan thanked UNIDO for its long-standing support to CIFIT and voiced his appreciation for the success of various technical cooperation projects which UNIDO has implemented in Fujian Province. Both agreed to further strengthen technical cooperation in the areas of green industry and investment promotion.

XIAMAN, China, 8 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong opened the Maritime Silk Road Forum together with ZHENG Xiaosong, Vice Governor of Fujian Provincial Government.

XIAMEN, 8 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong participated in the opening of the 18th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) and delivered a speech at the International Investment Forum.

BEIJING, 5 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with HU Huaibang, President of the China Development Bank. Director General LI briefed the President on the mandate and mission of UNIDO, detailing in particular developments with regard to inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), and invited the President to send a delegation from the Bank to the upcoming Forum on ISID to be held in Vienna in November 2014. HU briefed the Director General on the work of the Bank, particularly with regard to Africa, and declared the Bank's interest and readiness to explore potential areas of cooperation with UNIDO.

BEIJING, 5 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with LI Ruogu, President of the Export-Import Bank of China. Director General LI briefed the President on the mandate and mission of UNIDO, detailing in particular developments with regard to inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), and invited the President to send a delegation from the Bank to the upcoming Forum on ISID to be held in Vienna in November 2014. Li briefed the Director General on the work of the Bank, particularly with regard to Africa, and declared the Bank's interest and readiness to explore potential areas of cooperation with UNIDO.

BEIJING, 5 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with XIE Zhenghua, Vice-Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China. After briefing the Vice-Chairman on recent developments at UNIDO, the Director General reviewed UNIDO's work in the areas of cleaner production, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. He stated UNIDO's readiness to offer its services to NDRC in any of these areas. The Vice-Chairman suggested some fields of potential cooperation in the areas of cleaner production, energy conservation and emissions reduction, and circular economy.

BEIJING, 4 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with ZHANG Yong, China's Minister of Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). In his welcoming remarks, Minister Zhang reviewed the activities between CFDA and UNIDO since April 2014 and reiterated the willingness of CFDA to strengthen its collaboration with UNIDO in the fields of food safety and pharmaceuticals regulation. Director General LI briefed the Minister on recent developments at UNIDO, particularly with regard to inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), and invited the Ministry to send a delegation to the upcoming Forum on ISID to be held in Vienna in November 2014. After reviewing the food safety projects which UNIDO has undertaken to date in China, LI Yong suggested that the time was now ripe for a more strategic partnership with China through CFDA. He also briefed the Minister on the latest developments on local production of pharmaceuticals in Africa and the partnership of WHO, UNAIDS, UNIDO and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on this issue. They also had a detailed discussion on cooperation related to food safety, the ISID Forum, and China-Africa-UNIDO cooperation on the trade, technical transfer and local production of pharmaceuticals.

BEIJING, 4 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with LI Ganjie, China's Vice-Minister for Environmental Protection. The Director General briefed the Vice-Minister on recent developments at UNIDO, particularly with regard to inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), and invited the Ministry to send a delegation to the upcoming Forum on ISID to be held in Vienna in November 2014. He sincerely thanked the Ministry and its affiliate, the Foreign Economic Cooperation Organization (FECO), for its decades-long partnership with UNIDO on the implementation of the Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention, the Stockholm Convention, and more recently the Minamata Convention. He suggested possible new areas of cooperation, notably on air pollution and south-south cooperation. He informed the Vice-Minister that as an international member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) he would be attending its Annual General Meeting in November. The Vice-Minister expressed gratitude to Director General for UNIDO’s long-standing support to China’s implementation of international environmental conventions. He also welcomed the Director General’s proposals to explore cooperation in the fields of air pollution and south-south cooperation. He noted that the Ministry believes that water and soil pollution, particularly by heavy metals, would also be promising areas of future cooperation.

LANZHOU, China, 2 September 2014 - Director General LI Yong visited the UNIDO International Solar Energy Center for Technology Promotion and Transfer in Lanzhou, China. XI Wenhua, Director of the Center, briefed the Director General on the progress of the center’s research and training activities in recent years. Director General Li also met the trainees from the developing countries in Africa, Central Asia and Middle East who are currently participating in technical training courses in the Center. LI Yong told them that UNIDO is pursuing the strategy of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in which the development and application of renewable energy including solar energy would play an important role.

URUMQI, China, 1 September 2014 - Director General Li speaking at the opening ceremony of the fourth China-Eurasia Expo “Jointly build the silk road economic belt in an open and cooperative way”.

URUMQI, China, 1 September 2014 - Director General Li met Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and Djoomart Otorbaev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, in Urumqi, China, before the opening of the 4th China-Eurasia Expo. Director General Li briefed the two Prime Ministers on recent developments at UNIDO, particularly with regard to inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Prime Minister Massimov reiterated his commitment and support to UNIDO and highlighted the importance of green industry and low carbon development strategy. Prime Minister Otorbaev also expressed support to UNIDO’s ISID strategy and hoped to expand cooperation with UNIDO.

URUMQI, China, 1 September 2014 - LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with Nur Bakeri, Chairman of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Urumqi, China. Nur expressed his gratitude to UNIDO for the support it has given to the China-Eurasia Expo since 2012 and highlighted the success of UNIDO’s Green Silk Road project. Director General Li conveyed UNIDO’s readiness to cooperate further with Xinjiang in the areas of agro-industry, agro-business, industry parks, and cleaner production, in partnership with all stakeholders.

Director General Li attends the inauguration of VIC cafeteria and restaurant

VIENNA, 25 August 2014 - Director General LI Yong attended the official opening ceremony of the VIC catering facilities at the rotunda together with Zerbo, Executive Secretary of CTBTO, representatives of the Vienna-based Organizations, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Austria Centre and staff at large. In his welcoming statement, the Director General expressed his satisfaction for the successful and timely completion of the refurbishment of the catering area, and congratulated the responsible teams for their excellent work. He also thanked the other Vienna-based Organizations and Eurest for their active support and cooperation.

Director General Li visits IIASA premises

LAXENBURG, Austria, 19 August 2014 - Director General LI Yong visited the premises of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). 

Briefing to Permanent Missions

VIENNA, 23 July 2014 - Director General Li at the Briefing to Permanent Missions on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the second UNIDO ISID Forum. The Director General briefed UNIDO Member States on the positioning of UNIDO and the mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in the post-2015 processes, and on the current status of the ISID campaign.

Director General on visit to New York and Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK, 9 July 2014 – Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the UN, LI Yong, UNIDO Director General, and Sarwar Hobohm, Director of the Office for Strategic Planning, Coordination and Quality Monitoring at UNIDO, during today's briefing to the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM).

NEW YORK, 8 July 2014 – Director General LI Yong held meetings with Martin Sajdik, President of Economic and Social Council/Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations/Co-Chair of the “Friends of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development” Group (FoISID); Fulbert Amoussouga Gero, Benin Minister of MDGs policies and Sustainable Development and Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou, Benin's Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and Olga Marta Sánchez Oviedo, Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy of Costa Rica; and participated in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Ministerial Dialogue: “Long term measures to make poverty eradication irreversible and reduce inequalities”.

NEW YORK, 8 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, at the UN headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

NEW YORK, 7 July 2014 – Director General Li met with Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

NEW YORK, 7 July 2014 – Director General Li with Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations and Co-Chair of the “Friends of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development” Group (FoISID).

NEW YORK, 7 July 2014 – Director General LI Yong began his mission to New York with a meeting with Janez Potocnik, European Union Commissioner for the Environment.