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High-level Political Forum

New York City, 20 July 2016 – The Director General attended the side event titled "Leaving no country behind: sustainable industrialization and infrastructure to support Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)".

New York City, 20 July 2016 – The Director General met with Peter Thomson, President-Elect of the General Assembly and the Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations.

New York City, 19 July 2016 – The Director General attended a SDG Business Forum titled "Private Sector Investment in the 2030 Agenda: Going from billions to trillions".

New York City, 19 July 2016 – The Director General attended a Friends of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (FOISID) hosted by Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations.

New York City, 18 July 2016 – The Director General attended a Group of 77 and China meeting.

New York City, 18 July 2016 – The Director General attended a side event titled "Sharing lessons from national voluntary reviews (SDG7)".

New York City, 18 July 2016 – The Director General met with Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

New York City, 18 July 2016 – The Director General held a meeting with Brenda Killen, Deputy Director at the Cooperation Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), while attending the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Green Industry Conference

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – The Director General held a meeting with Charles Mwijage, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment of the United Republic of Tanzania. The Director General emphasized the importance of industrial development for economic and overall growth of a country through job creation. The Minister presented that the United Republic of Tanzania has a great potential and is open for UNIDO support. As UNIDO brings theory into practice, the United Republic of Tanzania is willing to accept UNIDO’s strategy for industrialization.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – The Director General held a meeting with KIM Gi-Hyeon, Mayor of Ulsan City of the Republic of Korea. The Director General thanked the Mayor for hosting the Fourth Green Industry Conference and expressed that the Conference in Ulsan will be a good platform to share the City’s experience in green industrial development and invited the Mayor to participate in UNIDO’s various events in the future including the 50th anniversary.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – The Director General held a meeting with Choi Jong-moon, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and thanked him for hosting the lunch in the first day of the Fourth Green Industry Conference. The Director General mentioned that the Republic of Korea has played an important role to raise awareness of ISID on many other member states which is very much appreciated by UNIDO. The Deputy Minister reiterated the importance for the Government of the Republic of Korea to support developing countries together with UNIDO.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – The Director General held a meeting with Chiratidzo Mabuwa, Deputy Minister of Industry of Zimbabwe and stressed UNIDO’s willingness to continue to support Zimbabwe’s quest for green development. The Deputy Minister thanked UNIDO’s increased presence in African countries to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li met Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Industry of Thailand, on the sidelines of the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li met Humayoon Rasaw, Minister of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan, on the sidelines of the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li met Ernerst Ngwaboubou, Minister of Industry, Mines and Technological development of Cameroon, on the sidelines of the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li met Amir Hossain Amu, Minister of Industry of Bangladesh, on the sidelines of the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li met Mohamed Yousif Ali Yousif, Minister of Industry of Sudan, on the sidelines of the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li met Cham Prasidh, Minister of Industry and Handicraft of Cambodia, on the sidelines of the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li met Ali Asghar Tofigh, Advisor to the Minister of Industry Mine and Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the sidelines of the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li and WANG, Xiaokang, Chairman of the Board of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group on the occasion of the fourth Green Industry Conference, hosted by the Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 June 2016.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li and Oh Yeon-cheon, President of the University of Ulsan, signed a joint declaration on the occasion of the fourth Green Industry Conference, hosted by the Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 June 2016. The two entities agree to enhance their cooperation in the area of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, with a particular focus on eco-industrial park development and eco-friendly urbanization.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 – Director General Li and Lee Sangchun, the Chairman of the National Research Council of Science and Technology, signed a memorandum of understanding on the occasion of the fourth Green Industry Conference, hosted by the Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 June 2016.

ULSAN, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016 - Director General Li delivered opening remarks at the fourth Green Industry Conference, held between 28 to 30 June in Ulsan.

First annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

BEIJING, 27 June 2016 - Director General Li held a meeting with FENG Fei, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology of China, on the sidelines of the first annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

BEIJING, 26 June 2016 - Director General Li attended the first annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank held in Beijing. He also spoke as a panelist during a seminar titled "Financing green infrastructure: the role of multilateral development banks".

Third G20 Sherpa Meeting in China

XIAMEN, 24 June 2016 - Director General Li attended the third G20 Sherpa meeting held in Xiamen, China.

XIAMEN, 24 June 2016 - Director General Li met the American Sherpa during the third G20 Sherpa meeting held in China.

XIAMEN, 24 June 2016 - Director General Li met the Argentinian Sherpa during the third G20 Sherpa meeting held in China. Argentina will be the incoming G20 Presidency in 2018 after Germany.

XIAMEN, 24 June 2016 - Director General Li delivered a statement on the new industrial revolution and industrialization in Africa and LDCs during the third G20 Sherpa meeting held in Xiamen, China.

Cameroon Country Programme Discussion

VIENNA, 22 June 2016 - Director General Li met Serge Laurent Ngoa Etoundi, the Minister of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts of Cameroon. They discussed the cooperation between UNIDO and Cameroon under the framework of the Country Programme (2016-2020) which is expected to be signed later this year. The programme will support the implementation of Cameroon’s national strategy for growth and employment, as well as the country’s focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The Minister highlighted the role of UNIDO and the United Nations in general in supporting developing countries in reaching prosperity. He also stressed the central role of industry in the development of a vibrant private sector and in achieving shared sustainable growth.

Event: Climate neutrality of the VIC

VIENNA, 21 June 2016 – Representatives of CTBTO, IAEA, and the Austrian Government, as well as UNIDO Director General LI Yong; and the executive head of the UN Office in Vienna, Yury Fedotov, take part in an event marking the fact that the Vienna International Centre (VIC), became climate neutral. After implementing comprehensive ‘greening’ measures, including energy efficiency upgrades, and switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity, the Vienna International Centre, one of the largest United Nations compounds, has become climate neutral.

Mission to European Development Days and Advisory Board Meeting of SE4ALL

BRUSSELS, 16 June 2016 – Director General Li signed an agreement with Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development, on agribusiness in the ACP countries. It focuses on developing technical exchanges and cooperation on agro-industrial policies; fostering private sector investment in agribusiness and agro-industrial value chains; encouraging business linkages, matchmaking between Africa and EU in the area of agribusiness; promoting value adding activities, including value adding schemes and increased export through capacity building, knowledge sharing and training; and increasing the interaction in the area of food quality norms and standards.

BRUSSELS, 16 June 2016 – Director General Li with the UNIDO team at the European Development Days promoting SDG 9.

BRUSSELS, 16 June 2016 – With Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growths, Investments and Competitiveness, Director General Li discussed new EU initiatives for migration, including a EUR 3 billion investment plan that should leverage EUR 31 billion for de-risking in partner countries. Possible joint activities in Ethiopia, an EU priority country, and in other regions were also discussed, as well as possible cooperation in support of the globalization of the circular economy.

BRUSSELS, 16 June 2016 – With Lotte Knudsen, Managing Director, UN and Global Affairs, EU External Action Service, Director General Li spoke about UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnerships approach, as well as about migration, and ways to attract FDI. He also brought the example UNIDO projects in Ethiopia, Sudan and Turkey, saying that they contributed to supporting new EU migration-related initiatives.

BRUSSELS, 16 June 2016 – Ways for the public and private sectors to accelerate sustainable development were today the focus of a discussion at the annual European Development Days (EDD) taking place in Brussels. Speaking at the event, Director General Li, underlined the importance of partnerships, including with the private sector, for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also emphasized the role of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in eradicating poverty, and for job creation and wealth generation.

BRUSSELS, 15 June 2016 – Director General Li attended the SE4ALL Advisory Board meeting along with world leaders including Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, as well as heads of State and ministers of energy and high-level representatives from the private sector. He stressed that without ensuring sustainable energy for all, it will be difficult to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

BRUSSELS, 15 June 2016 – During a meeting with Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), the DG briefed him on recent meetings he had in Washington with financial Institutions and at the Department of Energy. The DG also mentioned his discussion at the EDD16 with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on the EU-EIB proposal to finance UNIDO’s programme “Modjo Leather City” with a combination of grants and loans. It was agreed to further advance joint cooperation.

BRUSSELS, 15 June 2016 – The Director General met with Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia during the European Development Days. They discussed the Programme for Country Partnerships (PCP) for Ethiopia.

BRUSSELS, 15 June 2016 – The Director General also attended a dinner at the invitation of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, where he also met with Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, as well as with Heads of State and Government, and UN agencies. Among topics discussed were industrialization, migration and jobs as a priority for African countries; UNIDO’s role in reforming policies and the business environment; as well as the PCPs as a model for economic transformation, growth and jobs.

BRUSSELS, 14 June 2016 – Director General Li met Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of the Directorate General for the Environment. They discussed among other matters, green growth; the circular economy as part of industrial policies; green finance, including sustainable investments, green bonds, and the end of subsidies for fossil fuels; as well as ways to improve resource efficiency and eliminate pollution.

BRUSSELS, 14 June 2016 – Director General Li congratulated the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on his birthday.

BRUSSELS, 14 June 2016 – Director General Li and Kunio Mikuriya, the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) today signed a joint declaration aimed at supporting the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement in partnership with other key partners.

Mission to the World Bank and GEF 25th Anniversary

WASHINGTON D.C., 7 June 2016 - The Director General attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). He reiterated the importance of GEF as a valuable partner to UNIDO allowing it to implement projects in climate change mitigation and adaptation, chemicals and waste, etc.

WASHINGTON D.C., 7 June 2016 - The Director General and Hartwig Schafer, the Vice President of the World Bank’s Operations Policy and Country Services, signed a joint letter on cooperation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

WASHINGTON D.C., 7 June 2016 - The Director General met with Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank.

WASHINGTON D.C., 7 June 2016 - The Director General met with Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer at the International Finance Corporation.

WASHINGTON D.C., 7 June 2016 - The Director General met Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group.

WASHINGTON D.C., 6 June 2016 - The Director General met Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

WASHINGTON D.C., 6 June 2016 - The Director General met with Nerissa Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organizations, Department of State of the United States.

WASHINGTON D.C., 6 June 2016 - The Director General met with Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Bank.

WASHINGTON D.C., 6 June 2016 - The Director General and Ernst Moniz, Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, today signed a memorandum of understanding. The two entities will jointly promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development through capacity building activities in the field of energy management, energy system optimization, and energy efficient industrial technology.

Mission to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM 7)

SAN FRANCISCO, 2 June 2016 - The Director General met Tae Hee WOO, Vice Minister of Trade and Energy of the Republic of Korea at the Clean Energy Ministerial.

SAN FRANCISCO, 2 June 2016 - The Director General met YIN Hejun, Vice Minister of Science and Technology of China at the Clean Energy Ministerial.

SAN FRANCISCO, 2 June 2016 - The Director General met James Gordon, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, at the Clean Energy Ministerial.

SAN FRANCISCO, 2 June 2016 - The Director General met the Associate Minister of Industry and Science of Australia, at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) held in San Francisco, USA. The CEM7 brought policymakers, the private sector, investment communities and clean energy experts together to drive high-impact action.

SAN FRANCISCO, 2 June 2016 - The Director General spoke at the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial taking place in San Francisco. The Energy Management Campaign is a call to all stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, industry leaders, and other partners to use the ISO 50001 standard as a transparent mechanism to demonstrate progress towards climate and energy goals. The Campaign aims to achieve 50,001 global certifications to ISO 50001 by 2020.

SAN FRANCISCO, 1 June 2016 - The Director General met Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, at the Clean Energy Ministerial held in San Francisco, USA. The Director General reaffirmed UNIDO's support to the energy management campaign which aims to make industry more productive and efficient.

SAN FRANCISCO, 1 June 2016 - The Director General met Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology of India, at the Clean Energy Ministerial held in San Francisco, USA.

Africa Day

VIENNA, 30 May 2016 – The Director General delivered a statement on the occasion of Africa Day, held under the theme of "African year of human rights with particular focus on the rights of women".

Mission to Turkey

ANTALYA, 27 May 2016 – The Director General attended the Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action, which aims to assess the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action by the LDCs and their development partners and share best practices and lessons learned.

ANTALYA, 27 May 2016 – The Director General met Axel Addy, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Liberia.

ANTALYA, 27 May 2016 – The Director General met Cihan Sultanoğlu, the Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS.

ANTALYA, 26 May 2016 – The Director General delivered the opening speech at the high level session of the private sector forum on investment opportunities in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

ANTALYA, 25 May 2016 – The Director General visited the Bati Akdeniz Agricultural Institute.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General was at the opening of the UNIDO booth titled "LIFT: Laying Inclusive Foundations for Tomorrow" at the World Humanitarian Summit’s Exhibition Fair. The booth highlighted UNIDO's contribution to creating economic resilience of crisis-affected people and communities through its technical cooperation.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General congratulated Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire on the National Plan for Development 2016-2020 that puts industrialization as the key path for development targeting a significant increase of the MVA.The Prime Minister stressed the government objective to increasing the value addition and the national processing capability in agri-business and commodities such as such as cocoa and cashew nut as well as doubling the energy production in the country.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General met the Japanese Ambassador to Turkey, Hiroshi Oka and expressed his deep appreciation for the continuous support of the Japanese Government to UNIDO's human security and post-crisis rehabilitation programme. The Ambassador commended UNIDO on its excellent work on the ongoing Japan-funded project at Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General met the Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş to discuss the possibility of cooperation between UNIDO and Turkey on sustainable cities.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General met Serdar Çam, the President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). It was agreed to renew the existing Memorandum of Understanding between UNIDO and TIKA and to expand the ongoing UNIDO/TIKA skills upgrading and training programmes.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General met Christos Stylianides, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management during the high-level leaders round table on "Political Leadership to Prevent and End Conflicts". They discussed about one of the central themes of the summit, e.g. the need for humanitarian and development organizations to work more closely and agreed to possibly meet in Brussels during the European Development Days on 15-16 June 2016.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General met with Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB). At this occasion, they reiterated their commitment to further develop the UNIDO-EIB cooperation.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General met with Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway where the great cooperation was mutually recognized and the new avenue open for cooperation in the blue economy/fishery sector was discussed.

ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – The Director General spoke at a side event titled "Turkish Camp management System" at the World Humanitarian Summit, which took place in May 23 to 24 in Istanbul. It drew world leaders to stand up for common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering.

Mission to Indonesia

JAKARTA, 16 May 2016 – A new Country Programme for Indonesia for 2016-2020 is to be implemented by UNIDO and was today officially inaugurated during a ceremony in Jakarta. The document was signed by LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO, and Saleh Hussein, the Minister of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia.

JAKARTA, 16 May 2016 – The Director General is in Indonesia attending the 41st Annual Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank Group, during which he visited the agropole booth, which is part of the reverse linkage exhibition.

JAKARTA, 16 May 2016 – The Director General is in Indonesia attending the 41st Annual Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank Group, during which he was interview by the CNN Arabia.

JAKARTA, 16 May 2016 – The Director General took part in the inauguration of reverse linkage exhibition hosted by the Islamic Development Bank.

JAKARTA, 16 May 2016 – The Director General is in Indonesia attending the 41st Annual Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank Group, during which he met Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank.

Mission to Japan

TOKYO, 13 May 2016 - The Director General met Koichi Aiboshi, Director-General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

TOKYO, 13 May 2016 - The Director General met Katsumi Hirano, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

YOKOHAMA, 13 May 2016 - The Director General visited the power systems research and development centre of Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., where the UNIDO delegation learnt about modern renewable energy generation and storage systems developed in Japan.

TOKYO, 13 May 2016 - Director General Li met Kazuo Furukawa, Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

TOKYO, 12 May 2016 – The Director General invited UNIDO partners from the public and private sector to the Second Japan-UNIDO Multi-stakeholder Cooperation Dialogue.

TOKYO, 12 May 2016 – The Director General met Hiroshi Watanabe, Governor, CEO of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

TOKYO, 12 May 2016 – The Director General met Masatsugu Asakawa, Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs of Japan.

TOKYO, 12 May 2016 – The Director General met Tsuyoshi Hoshino, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

TOKYO, 11 May 2016 – The Director General met Masakazu Hamachi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Mission to Germany

BONN, 4 May 2016 – The Director General was welcomed by Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn, a city hosting a large number of UN and other international organizations.

BONN, 4 May 2016 – The Director General met Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator, UN Volunteers.

BONN, 4 May 2016 – The Director General met Jakob Rhyner, Vice-Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) in Europe and Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security.

BONN, 4 May 2016 – The Director General met Patrick von Weerelt, Head of Office, Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development at the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC).

BONN, 4 May 2016 – The Director General met Shaymal Majumdar, Head of the International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

BERLIN, 3 May 2016 – The Director General met with Gesa Miehe Nordmeyer, Head of Division, G7/G20 Sherpa Office of the German Federal Chancellery.

BERLIN, 3 May 2016 – The Director General led a UNIDO delegation to meet with Stefan Mair (third left), Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industries, to discuss how to expand cooperation with the German private sector.

BERLIN, 3 May 2016 – The Director General, accompanied by Ambassador Friedrich Däuble (left), the Permanent Representative of Germany to UNIDO, paid a visit to Stephan Steinlein, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office.

BERLIN, 3 May 2016 – In a meeting with Stephan Contius (second left), Head of Division, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany, the Director General discussed the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

BERLIN, 3 May 2016 – The Director General met with representatives of the German engineering foundation VDMA, namely Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery (Middle) and Andreas Rade (Left), Managing Director of VDMA's Berlin office, to discuss cooperation with the German private sector.

FRANKFURT, 2 May 2016 – The Director General also visited the exhibition space titled "City of Sustainability" at the ADB conference and discussed UNIDO's cooperation with the G20 with a representative of the Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany.

FRANKFURT, 2 May 2016 – The Director General met with Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany, at the occasion of the 49th annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank. After discussing the cooperation between UNIDO and BMZ, the Director General received a model wind turbine from Gerd Müller.

Participation in the Asian Development Bank annual meeting

FRANKFURT, 1 May 2016 – The Director General met with ZHANG Wencai, Vice President (Operations 1) at the Asian Development Bank.

FRANKFURT, 1 May 2016 – The Director General met with Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank.

ADA event - Innovation as a global goal

VIENNA, 29 April 2016 – Director General Li took part in an expert discussion during an event organized by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Titled "Get active - Innovation as a global goal", the event invited experts from both UN organizations and the private sector to share their views on how best to tackle the challenge of translating theory into practice when it comes to promoting innovative practices that help to fulfill development goals and at the same time fit sound business practices. Speaking at the event, the Director General said that "technology transfer is important for innovation and for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Chief Executives Board meeting hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations

VIENNA, 27 April 2016 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (front centre) poses for a group photo with participants of the biannual meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). Photo by UNIS.

VIENNA, 27 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, during the biannual meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

Signing of memorandum of understanding with FAO

VIENNA, 26 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong and José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO, signed a memorandum of understanding which outlined potential joint activities in such areas as agro-based industrial processing and value-adding activities, including in fisheries and forestry; investment promotion and facilitation of private sector investment for developing agricultural value chains, and technical assistance services in coordination with public and private investors. Other joint activities are foreseen in the field of commercially competitive bio-fuels that are based on harvesting waste, residues, recycled or unutilized products from agriculture, fisheries and forestry. UNIDO and FAO will also support countries in post-crisis rehabilitation, as well as trade and food safety capacity-building.

Information and Communication Technology Network Meeting

VIENNA, 26 April 2016 - Director General Li delivered opening remarks at the 26th session of the Information and Communication Technology Network Meeting. This year the meeting is organized by UNIDO's Department of Information Technology and Communication.

Hannover Messe 2016

HANNOVER, 25 April 2016 - Director General Li delivered welcome remarks at the Energy Efficiency Center forum during the Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s leading industrial and technology fair.

HANNOVER, 25 April 2016 - Director General Li met with Hiroyuki Tezuka, Chairperson, Working Group on International Environmental Strategy, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) during the Hannover Messe 2016.

HANNOVER, 25 April 2016 - Director General Li met with Akito Tani, Director General, Technology Policy Coordination, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan during the Hannover Messe 2016.

Mission to New York

During his mission to New York, the Director General participated in the High-level Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement, as well as a number of other events.

NEW YORK, 22 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong is in New York supporting the signing of the Paris Agreement, which was adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and given the grave risks, to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. Implementation of the Paris Agreement is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and provides a roadmap for climate actions that will reduce emissions and build climate resilience. The Signing Ceremony marks the first step toward ensuring that the Agreement enters into legal force as quickly as possible.

NEW YORK, 22 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations.

NEW YORK, 22 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Luis Alfonso De Alba, Ambassador of Mexico to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna.

NEW YORK, 22 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever.

NEW YORK, 22 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Tete Antonio, Representative of the African Union to the United Nations.

NEW YORK, 21 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), a global initiative led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon to achieve universal energy access, improve energy efficiency, and increase the use of renewable energy.

NEW YORK, 21 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, a UN initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.

NEW YORK, 21 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

NEW YORK, 21 April 2016 – In an interactive discussion on “Technology and data for the SDGs”, Director General Li, together with other panellists, discussed ways to harness technology and data for the achievement of the SDGs. In particular, they highlighted using the Technology Facilitation Mechanism established at the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

NEW YORK, 21 April 2016 – Director General LI Yong participated in the Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Consumption and Production for the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Economic Forum. It aimed to highlight the added value of actions to achieve targets related to Goal 12 -Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

NEW YORK, 21 April 2016 – In a joint event by the UN Global Compact and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission on “How to make a powerful business case to achieve sustainable development”, the Director General shared UNIDO’s view that working together across sectors and industries in a new and more effective way can contribute to transformative outcomes in economic development, environmental and social sustainability, and inclusive growth.

NEW YORK, 21 April 2016 – Director General Li participated in the opening ceremony of the High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The event aimed to significantly increase international awareness and political momentum around the implementation of the SDGs. It brought together global political, business and civil society leaders in New York to focus on kick-starting the implementation of SDGs. It was also a unique opportunity to address the synergy between the COP21 outcome and the 2030 Agenda. Leaders were offered a platform to catalyze action, discuss concrete steps forward and mobilize potential implementation partners.

Mission to China: G20 Sherpa meeting and meetings in Beijing

BEIJING, 11 April 2016 – LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, held a meeting with NING Jizhe, Commissioner at the National Bureau of Statistics. The Director General congratulated him as the new commissioner and briefed him on UNIDO's mandate which focuses on inclusive and sustainable industrial development, as well as the implementation of the Programme for Country Partnership (PCPs). Ning expressed his Bureau's interest and readiness to explore potential cooperation with UNIDO such as developing statistics capacity-building projects in the Least Developed Countries and personnel exchange programme under the framework of South-South cooperation.

BEIJING, 11 April 2016 – LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with HAN Hongmei, Executive Director of China-Africa Fund for Industrial Cooperation.

BEIJING, 11 April 2016 – LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, had a meeting with WANG Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce. The Director General briefed him on the second G20 Sherpa meeting he attended in Guangzhou from 6 to 8 April 2016 and thanked him for the support of the Minister of Commerce to the Ethiopia slaughter waste management project.

GUANGZHOU, 8 April 2016 – The Director General participated in the second G20 Sherpa Meeting, during which he met Lars-Hendrik Röller, Chief Economic Advisor to the Chancellor of Germany.

GUANGZHOU, 8 April 2016 – The Director General participated in the second G20 Sherpa Meeting, during which he met Mauricio Alice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the G20 Sherpa of Argentina.

GUANGZHOU, 8 April 2016 – The Director General participated in the second G20 Sherpa Meeting, during which he met Jerry M. Matjila, Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the G20 Sherpa of South Africa.

GUANGZHOU, 8 April 2016 – The Director General participated in the second G20 Sherpa Meeting,during which he met LI Baodong, Vice Foreign Minister of China and the Chinese G20 Sherpa.

GUANGZHOU, 7 April 2016 – The Director General participated in the second G20 Sherpa Meeting held in Guangzhou, China.The Director General delivered a speech on the 2030 Agenda and the pivotal issues for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, including innovation. He also presented UNIDO's draft report on industrialization in Africa and the Least Developed Countries.

GUANGZHOU, 7 April 2016 – The Director General participated in the second G20 Sherpa Meeting, during which he met Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General and Alexander Trepelkov, Director Financing for Development Office of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

Mission to the Republic of Korea

SEOUL, 6 April 2016 - Director General Li participated in the International Forum on Global Industry, where he discussed the future of industry with other participants. The Forum took place on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET).

SEOUL, 5 April 2016 - Director General Li travelled to the Republic of Korea, where he held a meeting with Tae-Yul CHO, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs.

SEOUL, 5 April 2016 - Director General Li travelled to the Republic of Korea, where he held a meeting with Sangchun LEE, Chairperson of the National Research Council of Science and Technology.

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