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  • Opening statement at the MICs Conference, Minsk, 23 April 2015

    We all are aware that industry drives innovation and learning, and helps create new technological knowledge. This is vital for job creation, sustainable livelihoods, and equitable growth, and key to eradicating poverty. Modern industrialization is also about state-of-the-art innovative and environmentally sustainable technologies and practices that help reduce consumption of non-renewable resources...

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  • 8th Summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Addis Ababa, 30 March 2015

    Your theme on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization is undoubtedly the most meaningful of responses to the developmental aspirations of your region, and indeed of Africa as a whole. It underlines the increasingly crucial catalytic contribution that UNIDO can make, together with other development partners, in helping COMESA’s citizens to achieve a better life, where economic growth is accelerated and the resulting development is both inclusive and sustainable.

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  • Message to the Egypt Economic Development Conference, Sharm El-Sheikh, 13 March 2015

    This Conference takes place at a vital time in global development as Member States are hard at work crafting a post-2015 agenda and sustainable development goals that are people-centered and planet sensitive.

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  • Keynote speech at the occasion of the 8th International Workshop on Public-Private Dialogue (PPD), Copenhagen, 10 March 2015

    While the Millennium Development Goals focused on critical issues of social and human development, the economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development must be also strengthened to support sustainable poverty eradication and consolidate the improvements in the social sphere that have been accomplished in the past decades. To do so, various streams of international negotiations are merging this year, and will lead to a common agenda through which all nations will commit themselves to

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  • Speech during the Consultations with Member States on the proposed Medium-term Programme Framework, Vienna, 27 February 2015

    The MTPF will also need to incorporate the very valuable recommendations contained in the outcome document of the Informal Working Group on UNIDO’s future, entitled “Strategic Guidance Document”. As mandated by the last General Conference, the “Strategic Guidance Document” is considered an “essential contribution for the formulation and implementation of the MTPF.” and I am fully committed to ensuring that these recommendations of the outcome document are reflected in the new MTPF.

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  • Speech at session 8 of the Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit, Jaipur, 17 January 2015

    However, although the MDGs have made some progress in terms of helping to meet essential human needs, other structural drivers of poverty eradication were not addressed by the MDG framework. Industrialization has, throughout modern history, been the greatest driver of structural poverty reduction by boosting productivity, employment opportunities and wages for poorer citizens.

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  • Speech at Session 4 of the Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit, Jaipur, 16 January 2015

    We at UNIDO believe that strategic partnerships are the best response to increasingly complex development challenges. There is no single development strategy and no single actor that can address all of the social, environmental and economic challenges we are facing.

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  • Speech at the 100th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Brussels, 10 December 2014

    ACP countries are also Member States of UNIDO. I am glad to see that our ACP–UNIDO cooperation has intensified over the years and I hope this trend will continue. The cooperation between UNIDO and ACP Nations is essential to achieve the promise of “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development” and to create the conditions for achieving prosperity and sustainability for all, and especially the most vulnerable, in the post-2015 era.

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  • Statement at the Closing of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Vienna, 26 November 2014

    Your support and leadership, combined with the enthusiasm for our renewed mandate of ISID, were the fuel, were the energy, to our success in addressing these priorities. Now it is my turn to encourage you to continue to support UNIDO through a new year, 2015, which will be a very critical year for the international community: it will be the year in which we will adopt the new SDGs. It will also be a year of critical importance for the future of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

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  • Speech at the Industrial Development Board side event "Towards a transformative post-2015 development agenda: Vision and key challenges", Vienna, 25 November 2014

    This is a critical juncture for the international development community. At the end of next year, a new, transformative development agenda will frame the efforts of nations to progress towards sustainable development. Activities on the post-2015 development agenda are ramping up. For the past three years, Member States have been working intensively to elaborate a post-2015 development framework.

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