Speeches

  • Statement on the occasion of the Group of 77 Handover Ceremony, Vienna, 11 February 2016

    It is my great pleasure to be with you here today for the second handover ceremony of the Group of 77 since I have assumed office. First of all, allow me to congratulate Ambassador Simon Madjumo MARUTA on his election as the Chairperson of the Group for 2016. I also wish to thank Ambassador ANDEREYA of Chile for his commendable leadership as Chair of the G-77 Vienna Chapter during 2015.

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  • Opening remarks at the 16th Session of the UNIDO General Conference, Vienna, 30 November 2015

    Two years after the adoption of the Lima Declaration, we can proudly say that much has been achieved. With the guidance we received from you, our Member States, UNIDO has been able to navigate through uncharted waters, and sail safely and with reinvigorated spirit towards new opportunities ahead.

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  • Opening remarks at the LDC Ministerial Conference 2015, Vienna, 26 November 2015

    The theme of this year’s Conference is “Operationalizing Inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID)for LDCs: The Path to Graduation and Beyond”. The Conference occurs at a time when the International Community has just adopted 2030 Agenda along with its Sustainable Development Goals,among which SDG 9 focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation.

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  • Statement at the Africa Industrialization Day 2015, Vienna, 20 November 2015

    Only when the potentials of women and youth are maximized and they are able to fully engage both economically and socially will the continent achieve the socio-economic transformations it is striving towards.

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  • Welcoming remarks at the special event on "Operationalization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Africa’s Industrialization", New York, 26 September 2015

    This time, the 2030 Agenda has both the ambition and the realism to tackle these challenges in a new, holistic and universal manner. It is clear that we will only be able to find effective long-term solutions to ending poverty, inequality and environmental disruption if all nations, regardless of their income level, work together to implement the SDGs in an integrated manner.

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  • Opening session, Vienna Food Safety Forum, Vienna, 11 September 2015

    UNIDO is organizing this first Vienna Food Safety Forum in partnership with the Chinese Food and Drug Administration. This has a reason: China’s experiences exemplify the complexity of food safety challenges and a successful, proactive approach by authorities and the private sector to address the critical issues of human health through an integrated approach of improved production systems. 

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  • Global announcement at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, 1 September 2015

    It is high time to reach an international consensus by all stakeholders in the form of a Global Declaration that addresses the challenges facing global industrial and manufacturing development, and how inclusive and sustainable industrialization can improve the livelihood of us all.

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  • Closing remarks during UNIDO's Third ISID Forum, Addis Ababa, 14 July 2015

    Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, thank you for your continued support. UNIDO is proud to work in close cooperation with the broader United Nations System and all bilateral and multilateral development partners towards the realization of our ISID mandate.

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  • Opening speech during UNIDO's Third ISID Forum, Addis Ababa, 14 July 2015

    The crucial challenge that the global community has gathered here in Addis Ababa to address is how to finance the achievement of the SDGs. In my view, this challenge is so immense that no single entity or institution will be able to overcome it on their own. I firmly believe that it can only be resolved through effective multi-stakeholder partnerships bringing together all the major players in the development process, including governments, and bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

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  • Speech during the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers, Moscow, 7 July 2015

    UNIDO gives great emphasis to enhancing its collaboration with the BRICS and has developed extensive technical cooperation programmes with each BRICS country individually. At the same time, tangible efforts have been made to elaborate a more purposeful and broader approach to engagement with the BRICS as a group, and to develop a diversified range of strategic cooperation activities with these countries.

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