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Speeches

  • Closing speech on the occasion of the UNIDO Forum on Strategies and Instruments for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development(ISID), Vienna, 24 June 2014

    Invaluable insights have also been given by the practitioners, the private sector, regional groupings and our sister UN agencies. I am indebted to you all. UNIDO has received very positive feedback throughout the Forum and we can all be very proud of the high quality of the discussions.

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  • Statement at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Group of 77, Vienna, 23 June 2014

    The establishment of the Group in June 1964 during UNCTAD 1 has been described by many as one of the significant political phenomena of the post- second World War era, when developing countries and emerging nations of the south found a common voice and gathered around a common platform, thus establishing the Group system as the most enduring instrument of multilateral international...

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  • Speech on the occasion of the UNIDO Forum on Strategies and Instruments for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID), Vienna, 23 June 2014

    The ISID approach departs from the past models of development which are not working for all and are not sustainable. It emphasizes three pillars; social, environmental and economic.

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  • Speech for the Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultations, Bratislava, 17 June 2014

    The topic at hand in this event shows that the days when the role of business in development was seen primarily as a matter of philanthropy are long gone. The problems facing our world today are multidimensional and too interconnected for unilateral approaches. Complex development priorities require systematic and vibrant global partnerships that succeed in connecting funding and expertise with local resources, implementation capacities, and ownership.

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  • Speech to the 5th GEF Assembly Plenary, Cancun, 29 May 2014

    I am honored to be with you today, as we come together at this historic occasion when the GEF donor countries have confirmed their commitment to set the GEF and its partners on a course of addressing the key drivers of global environmental degradation and achieving multiple environmental and development benefits.

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  • Statement of the Director General at the 2nd Briefing to Member States on the Positioning of UNIDO and inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), Vienna, 20 May 2014

    It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you all today to this second briefing on the positioning of UNIDO and Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in the post-2015 processes.

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  • Speech on the UNIDO Day 2014 China International Technology Fair, Shanghai, 25 April 2014

    Let us remind ourselves: Without technology and innovation, industrialization willnot happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen.History has also taught us that technological progress is best fostered in, and by, the manufacturing sector. Without the industrial revolution we would not be where we are today, with great prosperity and riches beyond the imagination of our forefathers.

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  • Speech at the Second China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair held in Shanghai, 24 April 2014

    History confirms that it has been the countries with steady economic growth, driven by industrialization, international trade, and related services, which have reduced poverty most effectively. In fact, there is not a single country in the world today which has reached a high stage of economic and social development without having developed an advanced industrial sector.

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  • Speech at the opening ceremony of the conference Fostering inclusive and sustainable local industrial development in Europe and Central Asia, held in Ljubljana on 8 April 2014

    I regard this second Regional Conference, as well as its predecessor in Azerbaijan, as key activities that support UNIDO’s role as a facilitator of knowledge and advice on policies and strategies towards the achievement of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Industry, manufacturing and productive activities are drivers of technological learning, innovation and economic development. They are vital for job creation, sustainable livelihoods, food security and equitable growth...

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  • Speech at the G77 Plenary Discussion Forum held in Vienna, 4 April 2014

    I am truly delighted that this event focuses on empowering young people and ensuring their inclusive participation in the decision-making processes and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

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