Ambassador Alfredo Labbé Villa, Permanent Representative of Chile, bids farewell to UNIDO Director General LI Yong in Vienna, 4 April 2014.


    A memorandum of understanding was signed in Vienna today by Byun Jong-Rip, President of KEMCO, and LI Yong, UNIDO Director General, 4 April 2014. Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) and UNIDO have reaffirmed their commitment to inclusive and sustainable industrial development. They will work closely to promote sustainable energy policies and technical cooperation in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in developing countries


    Director General Li with Ambassador Vuk Zugic, the Permanent Representative of Serbia to UNIDO, in Vienna 19 March 2014.


    Meeting with Dessima Williams, former Permanent Representative of Grenada to the United Nations, Chair and Chief Climate Change Negotiator of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), in Vienna, 18 March 2014. Williams welcomed UNIDO's tailored cooperation with Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and its ISID mandate in the SIDS context.


    Meeting with Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, Secretary General of the Bolivian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) and Head of the Industrial Oil Conglomerate of Venezuela, in Vienna, 18 March 2014. Taking place on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of ALBA, the meeting provided an opportunity to explore potential areas for cooperation between UNIDO and ALBA, such as a crude oil project to enhance the industrial development of the central part of Venezuela.


    Meeting with Georgi Dimitrov, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, 14 March 2014. Dimitrov congratulated the Director General on the adoption of the historic Lima Declaration, and said his Government recognized the importance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and was ready to actively support the partnership with UNIDO, specifically in the context of Western Balkans regional cooperation.


    During a meeting with Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, in Vienna, 13 March 2014, Director General Li agreed to jointly intensify cooperation in support of local manufacturing of essential medicines in Africa in support of the implementation of the African Union’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa. Li also expressed UNIDO’s readiness to play a leading role in assisting in the further setup and growth of a competitive pharmaceutical industry tailored to Africa’s needs.


    Meeting with Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico, in Vienna, 13 March 2014. Gómez Robledo noted that UNIDO was very successful in implementing GEF programmes in Mexico. Director General Li thanked Robledo for his Government’s support and recognized Mexico’s strong policy in industrial development.


    On the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, hosted by UNIDO as the incoming co-chair, Director General Li met 13 March 2014 with Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. Alhendawi highlighted the importance of having UNIDO co-chair the Network during this critical time when youth unemployment rates are very high. LI pointed out that young people are directly linked to UNIDO’s focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.


    Director General Li met 13 March 2014 with Ambassador Rajiva Misra to receive his credentials as the new Permanent Representative of India to UNIDO. Congratulating him on the success of UNIDO’s General Conference and on the adoption of the Lima Declaration, Ambassador Misra also conveyed his Government’s grateful recognition of UNIDO as a valuable partner and its intention to work at expanding this partnership and exploring new ways of cooperation.