General Conference, 15th session, Lima, Peru, 2 to 6 December 2013

The General Conference is the highest policymaking organ of UNIDO. Since becoming a specialized agency in 1985, UNIDO has hosted the General Conference away from its Vienna headquarters only twice: in Bangkok, Thailand (1987) and in Yaoundé, Cameroon (1993). By having convened the fifteenth session of the Conference in Lima, UNIDO again reached out to its Member States, shifting its presence to where it is most active and also most needed – the regions themselves. The Conference gave Member States the opportunity to renew their commitment to inclusive and sustainable industrial development and to strengthen cooperation among regions, including South-South cooperation. During the Conference, Member States underlined their commitment to inclusive and sustainable industrial development in a political declaration - the Lima Declaration.

In the context of the discussions about the future of international development, the Conference highlighted the role of industry in inclusive and sustainable development and the need for new partnerships. The discussions and the above-mentioned Lima Declaration emphasized the centrality of UNIDO in the post-2015 development agenda.

Tentative schedule of work

Schedule of events

Download the conference agenda for the overall schedule of events, including special and side events, as well as social events.

Participation in the General Conference

The UNIDO General Conference was attended by high-level delegations from Member States including a Head of State and Government, Ministers and other high-level government officials from around the world, as well as senior representatives of other United Nations organizations, and prominent leaders from the private sector, civil society and academia.

The UNIDO General Conference thus provided a unique, global and diverse platform. This mix proved a stimulating basis for high-level and captivating debates, identifying issues and trends within the development agenda, and exploring innovative approaches and solutions, as well as underlining the fundamental role of industry for promoting growth and sustainability.

Forum on industrial development issues

Capitalizing on past experience, the fifteenth session of the Conference incorporated both classic panel discussions and UNIDO’s interregional debates into one streamlined programme. The Industrial Development Forum  provided a platform for informed dialogue on the role of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the achievement of broader social and economic development goals.

The Forum discussions provided a critical catalyst for re-invigorating UNIDO’s mandate, and placed inclusive and sustainable industrial development at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda. The discussions explored topics linked to the overall theme and the Lima Declaration, such as partnerships, industry as a Sustainable Development Goal, green industry, job creation strategies, economic diversification and women’s entrepreneurship, and highlighted the adjustments and/or new sustainable development policies that need to be considered in times of rapid change. Furthermore, they explored industrial development in an era when learning, knowledge and connectivity are the basis of value creation and when resources are scarce, consumption patterns are high and the population is increasing. 

Date and Venue

The fifteenth session of the General Conference of UNIDO was held from Monday, 2 December to Friday, 6 December 2013, at the Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center (Calle Las Begonias 450, Lima 27, Peru).

Decisions and resolutions

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GC.15/Inf/4 Decisions and resolutions of the General Conference Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish

Information for participants

Information for participants

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GC.15/INF/1 Information for participants Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/INF/1/Corr.1 Information for participants. Corrigendum Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/INF/1/Corr.2 Information for participants. Corrigendum Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish

Journals

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2 December 2013 English French Spanish
3 December 2013 English French Spanish
4 December 2013 English French Spanish
5 December 2013 English French Spanish
6 December 2013 English French Spanish

List of participants

Agenda

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GC.15/1 Provisional agenda Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/1/Add.1 Annotated provisional agenda Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish

List of documents

Documents

Documents

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GC.15/2 Report of the Industrial Development Board on the work of its fortieth session (20-22 November 2012) Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/3 Report of the Industrial Development Board on the work of its forty-first session (24-26 June 2013) Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/4 Forum on industrial development issues Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/5 UNIDO activities related to energy Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/6 UNIDO activities related to the environment Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/7 UNIDO activities related to agribusiness, trade and job creation Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/8 UNIDO activities in support of least developed countries Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/9 UNIDO activities in cooperation with middle-income countries Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/10 Matters related to intergovernmental, non-governmental, governmental and other organizations Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/11 Financial situation of UNIDO Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/12 Candidatures for the appointment of an External Auditor Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/13 Lima Declaration: Towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/14 Unutilized balances of appropriations Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/15 Lists of States included in Annex I to the Constitution of UNIDO Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
GC.15/16 Report of the Main Committee Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish

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