Director General Li on official visit to Peru
Director General Li takes part in the UN System Chief Executives Board
Director General Li on official visit to Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 20 November 2013 - Director General Li and Secretary for Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade discussed the importance of strengthening the relationship between Mexico and UNIDO, as well as Mexico's participation in the 15th session of the General Conference in Lima. Both agreed that UNIDO should play an important role in identifying and implementing new development objectives in the field of industrialization, and that the Lima Declaration, expected to be adopted during the General Conference, will establish new standards for development, with a focus on inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Director General Li on official visit to Brazil
Director General Li with Minister Jorge Samek, CEO of Itaipu. Referring to a crucial milestone in Brazil's relationship with UNIDO, the jointly organized 2008 Global Forum on Renewable Energy in Foz do Iguaçu, Minister Samek said a second such Forum could focus on clean energy and technological advancements. He also urged for more joint programmes and projects with UNIDO.
Director General Li with Marco Antonio Raupp, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. They discussed, among other matters, the possibility of establishing an Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Brazil to develop mechanisms for inbound and outbound investment, as well as a Cleaner Production Centre, and a South-South cooperation Centre to share the experience of Brazil in the field of small hydro and solar power.
Director General Li on official visit to India
Director General Li meets President Xi during official visit to China
BEIJING, 10 November 2013 - XI Jinping, the President of the People's Republic of China, today met with LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Director General Li highly commended the fruitful cooperation that has existed between China and UNIDO for more than 40 years. He briefed President Xi about the 15th session of the UNIDO General Conference to be held in Lima, Peru from 2 to 6 December, and shared with Xi his new vision for UNIDO with a focus on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID). President Xi spoke highly of UNIDO praising the Organization for helping developing countries achieve industrial development. He pointed out that China's cooperation with UNIDO had synchronized with China's reform and process of openness, saying that UNIDO had made a positive contribution to this process.
HANGZHOU, China, 8 November 2013 – Director General Li today visited the International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP). The Director of the ICSHP, Liu Heng, briefed him on technical cooperation projects and activities implemented by the Center in recent years, and on joint efforts undertaken with UNIDO related to the publication of the World Small Hydro Power Development Report 2013, which was launched at the 6th Hydro Power for Today Forum on 29 October in Campinas, Brazil. The Director General expressed his support for the ICSHP and his plans to expand cooperation activities on small hydro power in developing countries.
GUANGZHOU, China, 8 November 2013 – The Director General delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2nd China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum and China International Green Innovative Products and Technologies Show 2013. He emphasized the importance of green technology and sustainable industrial development and noted his plan to support the development of local agro-processing and renewable energy in Pacific Island Countries. Vice Premier, Wang Yang, made a keynote speech. The Heads of State of the Pacific Island Countries and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat also delivered statements.
Director General Li takes part in Green Industry Conference, signs agreement during China visit
GUANGZHOU, China, 7 November 2013 – Director General Li spoke at the opening of the third Green Industry Conference which has a focus on promoting the rapid uptake of green industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems. The three-day event was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and UNIDO.
Director General Li after signing a memorandum of understanding with MIAO Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of the People’s Republic of China. Under the agreement, UNIDO and MIIT will initiate cooperation to promote green industry and cleaner production in China, including industrial water and energy efficiency, as well as programmes to reduce the use of lead. They will work together in support of eco-design, the utilization of industrial solid wastes and renewable resources, sustainable development of SMEs, and green industrial parks.
Meeting with MA Xiuhong, Executive Director of China Foreign Trade Centre, former Vice Minister of Commerce. She expressed interest in expanding cooperation with UNIDO in the field of technical training courses on energy and environment. The Director General highlighted the importance of South-South and Trilateral cooperation, and expressed readiness to expand cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and carry out technical cooperation projects in the Pacific Island countries, in particular in renewable energy such as solar.
Dilip Barua, Bangladesh Industry Minister, who met Director General Li on 7 November in Guangzhou, expressed satisfaction with the current large portfolio of UNIDO technical cooperation projects in his country, including on standards and accreditation, fisheries, textile, leather and environmental protection. He highlighted the importance of sustainable industrialization for the people of Bangladesh, and proposed new areas of joint cooperation, namely medical waste treatment, and renewable energy. The Director General expressed gratitude to the Minister for his support to the Green Industry Conference in China.
Director General Li on official visit to Japan
TOKYO, 6 November 2013 - Director General Li visited the Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN) in Tokyo where he was welcomed by Takashi Funato, Chairman of the Policy Sub-Committee on International Cooperation and Executive Vice President and Head, Global Strategic Planning and Operations Headquarters, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Nobuko Sanui, Managing Director. They discussed the experience of Japan in successfully dealing with a range of industrial problems, including environmental pollution, and agreed that Japan’s experience can guide developing and emerging countries in their efforts to industrialize.
Director General Li was also received today by Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs. Director General Li expressed his appreciation for Japan’s contribution to UNIDO and interest to develop relations even further to benefit from Japan’s expertise in industrialization and technical assistance. Furusawa commended the Director General for his strong leadership in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and stressed UNIDO’s role as a major implementing partner of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with many projects undertaken in recipient member states of UNIDO.
TOKYO, 5 November 2013 - Director General Li was received by State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Midori Matsushima. Minister Matsushima commended UNIDO for its efforts to promote green industry by balancing economic growth with environmental considerations, and encouraged UNIDO to play an even stronger role in this area. Director General Li expressed his appreciation for the substantive support of METI to the Organization, including for UNIDO's Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo which helps promote investment and technology transfer from Japan to developing countries.
The Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Seiji Kihara, voiced full support for UNIDO’s new focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), and said the relationship between MOFA and UNIDO will also help further develop collaboration with the private sector in Japan. Director General Li expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the continuous and strong support to the Organization and assured of his intention to further strengthen the close cooperation between UNIDO and the Government of Japan.
During a meeting with leaders of the Japanese private sector at the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai) in Tokyo, including with Kaneichi Maehara, Vice Chairman and President of Keizai Doyukai, Kunio Noji, Chairman of the Board of Komatsu Ltd., Yukio Tada, President and CEO of Sojitz Research Institute Ltd., and Masao Fujita, Senior Executive Officer, Komatsu Ltd. Director General Li and the executives discussed cooperation between UNIDO and the private sector, emphasizing the need for vocational and technical training activities in developing countries.
Meeting representatives of selected Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) boasting green technologies, which have also been promoted at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). CEOs and leaders of Aquatech Ltd., Asada Corporation, Kaiho Sangyo Co., Ltd., Kinsei Sangyo Ltd., and VPEC Inc. presented their projects in waste water management, destruction of fluorocarbons and refrigerants, end of life vehicle recycling, gasification power generation and smart grid engineering.
Director General Li visits Republic of Korea
SEOUL, 4 November 2013 - During his official visit to the Republic of Korea, Director General Li Yong was received by Acting Foreign Minister, Tae-Yul Cho, who affirmed support for the work of UNIDO with its new focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
At the Seonam Waste Water Treatment Plant (Seonam WWTP), Seoul, 4 November 2013, where Eco Energy Holdings operates the Seonam Biogas Station. Eco Energy Holdings is a Korean front-runner in biogas industry.
At Sudokwon Landfill Management Corporation (SLC), Seoul, 4 November 2013, where Eco Energy Holdings operates one of the world's largest power plants (50MW) that uses landfill gas.
With Shin Je-yoon, President of Financial Services Commission of the Republic of Korea, Seoul, 3 November 2013.
Director General Li meets German government officials
BERLIN, 30 October 2013 – During his official visit to Berlin today, Director General LI Yong was received by Harald Braun, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, and Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Director General Li and Dirk Niebel signed an agreement under which the Government of Germany will continue funding a UNIDO project in support of local production of essential generic medicines in developing and least developed countries, including in Africa.
Director General Li briefed Secretary of State Harald Braun on his new vision for UNIDO based on the concept of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and about preparations for the forthcoming General Conference in Lima. Secretary Braun expressed the support of the German government for UNIDO and for the Director General's vision.
Director General Li in Moscow for meetings with government officials
MOSCOW, 23 October 2013 - Meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, who expressed his support for cooperation with UNIDO.
Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government, highlighted UNIDO’s critical role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and in shaping the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Renat Gizatulin, Deputy Minister of Environment of the Russian Federation, highlighted cooperation on clean technologies for SMEs, which is a priority area for the Russian Federation. He suggested the establishment of a Russian Technology Centre, in cooperation with UNIDO, to support the development and dissemination of new technologies and best practices, with a view to facilitating greater access to such knowledge and information for Russian SMEs.
Keynote speech by Director General LI Yong at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within the framework of the ‘Golden Collection’ project for the journal “International Affairs,” on the vision for UNIDO’s future as well as on cooperation with the Russian Federation.
The DG also met with Vladimir Yakunin, President of the Russian Railways Company. During the meeting, they signed a Joint Declaration on support for the advancement of environmentally sustainable solutions in the Russian Federation.
Director General Li visits Italy, meets government officials, industry and private sector representatives
ROME, 22 October 2013 – On an official visit to Italy today, LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Emma Bonino.
Director General Li meets Spain’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, and trade and energy institutions
MADRID, 21 October 2013 – LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), today visited the office of José Manuel Soria López, Spain’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, and attended key meetings with María de Coriseo González-Izquierdo, the CEO of the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and with representatives of two Spanish energy institutions, the Spanish Energy Club (SPC) and the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE).
Director General Li in Brussels for EU-UNIDO high-level review meeting
BRUSSELS, 17 October 2013 - Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), participated today in the annual EU-UNIDO high-level review meeting in Brussels. They discussed how the two organizations can support inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and countries in transition.
Slovakia Minister receives UNIDO Director General Li
BRATISLAVA, 14 October 2013 – The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, today received the newly elected Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong. Li visited Slovakia to present his vision of the future of UNIDO, as well as to garner information about the position of Bratislava on further cooperation with the organization.
Director General Li visits South Africa
PRETORIA, 11 October 2013 - In South Africa today, Director General Li had meetings with the Minister of Industry, Rob Davies, and Energy Minister, Ben Martins, as well as the Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (DIRCO), Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim.
UNIDO Director General Li stresses commitment to inclusive, sustainable industrial development during first visit to Africa
ADDIS ABABA, 9 October 2013 – On his first visit to Africa since taking office, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, highlighted the Organization’s strong focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
Peru’s President Humala voices support for UNIDO General Conference to be held in Lima
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – The President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, today voiced full support for the work of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and said his country will be proud to host the Organization’s General Conference. The Fifteenth Session of the UNIDO General Conference, under the theme “UNIDO: Towards partnerships for a new industrial revolution for inclusive and sustainable growth”, will be held in Lima from 2 to 6 December.
Director General Li shares his vision of UNIDO’s future at first meeting with Secretary General Ban
NEW YORK, 18 September 2013 – LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), today met Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and shared his vision for the future of his Organization based on the theme of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. This was their first meeting since Director General LI was elected as the head of UNIDO in June. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated LI on his election.