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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

UNIDO to hold two forums in 2014 on strategies and instruments for inclusive and sustainable industrial development

VIENNA, 10 June 2014 – To support UNIDO’s role as a facilitator of knowledge and advice on policies and strategies towards achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong, has announced plans to convene two global forums in 2014.

The first forum, to be held from 23 to 24 June at the Vienna International Centre, will initiate a strategic dialogue drawing on international expertise and regional knowledge with UNIDO Member States, development agencies, and other developed and developing countries on ways to operationalize inclusive and sustainable industrial development strategies and policies.

Photos from the first forum on Opens external link in new windowFlickr.

The second forum in October will focus on mobilizing relevant stakeholders in order to develop a portfolio of concrete partnership opportunities on establishing soft and hard infrastructure, such as industrial parks, in several countries where UNIDO has already been implementing activities and accumulating relevant knowledge.

“These forums will serve as a platform for the exchange of best practices in pursuing inclusive and sustainable industrial development strategies and applying instruments such as new generation of industrial parks, zones and cities,” said Director General LI Yong.

“We will showcase UNIDO’s work related to inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and assert the Organization’s role in promoting smart policies and innovative business models in this respect. The forums will also integrate UNIDO policy advice and clusters of technical assistance projects for more effective delivery of services, and help mobilize resources to expand UNIDO’s role in delivering integrated solutions through partnership with governments, UN agencies, bilateral development agencies, DFIs and the private sector.”

The concept of inclusive and sustainable industrial development was endorsed by UNIDO Member States through the Lima Declaration during the 15th session of the Organization’s General Conference held in Lima, Peru, in December 2013.

For more information on the Agenda of the first forum, please go here

Information on the five sessions of the first forum is also available: Session 1, Session 2Session 3, Session 4, Session 5

For more information on UNIDO’s vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, please see

Journalists are invited to cover the forums. Please pre-register by contacting:

Ravindra Wickremasinghe
Advocacy and Communications Assistant
Tel: +43-1-26026-5022
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