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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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  • Statement at the Briefing to Member States on operationalizing the Lima Declaration and the positioning of UNIDO and ISID in the post-2015 development agenda, Vienna, 11 March 2014

    I have invited you to this briefing to inform you of my plans to operationalize the Lima Declaration, which all Member States adopted by acclamation at our very successful General Conference in Lima at the end of last year.

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  • Statement of the Director General LI Yong during the handover ceremony of the Group of 77 in Vienna, 22 January 2014

    Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends,First of all, I am pleased to address this handover ceremony of the Group of 77also honoured to be here with you to start this year, which marks the 50thanniversary of the establishment of the Group, to be celebrated in June this year.

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  • Speech delivered during the Presentation of 2013 Industrial Development Report to Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria at the Austrian National Bank in Vienna, 20 January 2014

    Honourable Governor, Ewald Nowotny, of the Austrian National Bank, Honourable President, Thomas Nowotny, of Vienna Chapter, Society for International Development, Honourable Secretary General, Michael Pfeifer, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for attending today’s event. I want to express my deep appreciation to the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria and the Austrian National Bank for giving us the...

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  • Speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, 10 December 2013

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and Colleagues, It is great to be back to Washington D.C., particularly at this festive time of the year. As you know, I lived in this beautiful city for many years, and it is my particular pleasure to see so many familiar faces here at this beautiful new headquarters of the CSIS. Thank you so much for this kind invitation. In today’s dialogue, you asked me to address “Trade and Technology as Drivers of Prosperity”. Thank you for choosing such a pertinent and imp

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  • Statement at the Closing of the 15th Session of the UNIDO General Conference, Lima, 5 December 2013

    This conference was a truly historic event. A conference that brought a new spirit to UNIDO. A spirit of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. A spirit of partnership and cooperation. A spirit that makes us aspire for a better and more prosperous tomorrow.

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  • Statement at the Opening of the 15th Session of the UNIDO General Conference, Lima, 2 December 2013

    Today is a historic day. A day to remember. After almost 40 years, several hundred delegates, from all over the world, have come back to Lima, to the 15th session of the General Conference, to discuss what matters to them. What matters to their countries. To discuss our world’s industrial future.

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  • Opening remarks at the Least Developed Countries Ministerial Conference 2013, Lima, 30 November 2013

    My conviction is that poverty eradication must remain the central imperative of our global development agenda. Therefore, a radical shift in development strategies and heck against delivery partnerships should be considered as a top priority for LDCs, to allow them to make a significant leap forward at all levels and to enable them to meet all the graduation criteria by 2020...

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  • Statement at the Open Working Group Session on Sustained and Inclusive Economic Growth, Infrastructure Development, and Industrialization, New York, 25 November 2013

    You have a daunting task to fulfil. The decisions you make in this Working Group will define which development issues the world will prioritize in the decades to come. You will help create the global framework under which we will create the world for our future generations. You will shape the next era of globalization.

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