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  • Speech at Africa Industrialization Day, Vienna, 24 November 2014

    ISID can lay the basis of a strong agro-industrial and agri-business sector that can catalyze the structural, economic and social transformations required to lift vulnerable communities from their precarious conditions. We are gathered today to promote ISID as a critical tool towards developing African Agro-industries for Food security.

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  • Opening Statement at the Global South-South Development Expo, Washington D.C., 17 November 2014

    Southern actors bring a much needed diversity into development cooperation. The diversity of knowledge and technology offered by the global South adds a complementary range of solutions to far-reaching development challenges, often providing alternatives that are more contextually appropriate, affordable and responsive to Southern needs, and without conditionality.

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  • Closing remakrs at UNIDO's second Forum on Partnerships to Scale up Investments for ISID, Vienna, 5 November 2014

    What we sought to achieve in this Forum was to demonstrate how UNIDO can work with partners to support the implementation of Governments’ industrialization strategies. We sought to elaborate, with focused interventions and in an action-oriented manner, how a partnership-based country programme can support our Member States, especially least developed countries.

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  • Opening speech at UNIDO's second Forum on Partnerships to Scale up Investments for ISID, Vienna, 4 November 2014

    Technical assistance cannot remain isolated from the main forces that shape the course of progress in our countries. We need to combine our efforts to enhance the developmental impact of our endeavours. Together we will grow; the partnership will make us stronger. Together we can achieve industrial and sustainable development for all. 

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  • Speech during the East-West Business Forum 2014: Latin America, Prague, 15 October 2014

    Inclusive industrial growth is intended to promote shared prosperity for all segments of society - including youth, women and ethnic minorities - as well as for all regions and countries. By generating employment and income opportunities, inclusive industrial development will contribute to human dignity as well as social equity and cohesion, allowing the development of stable societies, and the achievement of the many developmental objectives of the international community.

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  • Keynote address at the first session of the Efficiency Summit, Verona, 8 October 2014

    To enact an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development we need to better capture and leverage the positive “nexus” between the multi-interdependent factors that define today’s economic and environmental development paths. If we consider sustainable energy, there is a clear need for a new energy paradigm that reconciles the need for economic, industry and prosperity growth with the sustainability of environment and climate for future generations.

  • Welcome remarks at the opening of the cultural week of China's Silk Road Economic Belt, Vienna, 6 October 2014

    This event of today gives us all a better understanding of the true meaning and spirit of the Silk Road, and bears testimony to the deep rooted and far reaching efforts of our ancestors to connect with other people and nations in order to create mutual prosperity.

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  • Speech at the Third EU-UNIDO High Level Review Meeting, Vienna, 6 October 2014

    To start with, I would like to express my great satisfaction with our partnership. Over the past ten years we have jointly supported almost 110 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and its neighborhood through global, regional and country programmes. Our partnership has contributed to poverty reduction through wealth and job creation and helped to preserve the environment and the climate through green industry interventions.

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  • Opening remakrs at the Green Industry Platform’s Advisory Board meeting, New York, 22 September 2014

    Today’s meeting is being held on the eve of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, and at a time in which our future development trajectory is being charted through the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Major intergovernmental decisions such as these will significantly shape the future operating environment, and the purpose, of initiatives like the Green Industry Platform.

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  • Lecture at the Columbia School of Engineering/School of Public Administration (SEPA), New York, 22 September 2014

    In today's dialogue, you asked me to address the "Role of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda". Thank you for choosing such a pertinent and timely topic - for all countries, industrializing and industrialized countries alike.

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