VIENNA, 26 May 2014 - The DG met with Danilo TÜRK, former President of Slovenia, who expressed  his appreciation of UNIDO’s cooperation with his country and his strong support to ISID. The DG thanked him and the Government of Slovenia for their support to UNIDO’s operations. The DG informed on the new approaches in operationalizing ISID, including the planned partnerships forums and also mentioned the vital role that the private sector plays in economic development process.


    VIENNA, 26 May 2014 - The Director General received Rob Steele, Secretary-General of ISO.The Executive Heads reviewed the long-standing cooperation between their two organizations, dating back to an MOU signed in 1986, and considered options for strengthening their strategic partnership. In particular, they agreed to enhance the cooperation between UNIDO and ISO in the implementation of standards in industry.


    VIENNA, 21 May 2014 - Chryssoula Aliferi, the new Permanent Representative of Greece to UNIDO, presented her credentials to the Director General. After welcoming the new Ambassador, Li briefed her on the operationalization of the Lima Declaration and UNIDO’s activities for positioning ISID in the post-2015 agenda. Aliferi supported Li's views on the key role of industrialization and confirmed her Government’s continued support to UNIDO, also at the level of the European Union. 


    VIENNA, 15 May 2014 - Ramesh Jaura (right), Director General of Inter Press Service discussed with Director General Li ways to promote UNIDO’s achievements. He was also briefed on UNIDO’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.


    VIENNA, 15 May 2014 - Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information thanked Director General Li for briefing him on ISID and expressed readiness to promote UNIDO’s activities and share its success stories worldwide. As newly appointed head of Development Cooperation at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Launsky-Tieffenthal said he looks forward to an enhanced cooperation with UNIDO.


    VIENNA, 14 May 2014 - The new Permanent Representative of Cyprus to UNIDO, Marios Ieronymides, presents his credentials. The Ambassador pledged his Government’s strong support for implementing the Lima Declaration and operationalizing the inclusive and sustainable industrial development approach. Director General Li and the Ambassador agreed on further intensifying the cooperation between UNIDO and Cyprus in the future.


    VIENNA, 13 May 2014 - The Director General met with Patricia Flor, Director General for the UN at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and thanked her for her Government’s strong support to UNIDO. They exchanged views on ways to strengthen cooperation and help countries develop their own capacities to respond to their development challenges. Flor expressed Germany’s support for ISID and welcomed the two forthcoming forums.


    VIENNA, 13 May 2014 - Director General LI Yong and Director General of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), Mohamed Ben Youssef Bezhad, today agreed to reinforce the ongoing cooperation between the two organizations. They signed a USD 7 million technical assistance programme entitled “Enhancement of regional trade capacities in food through a harmonized regional conformity assessment and food safety systems”.


    VIENNA, 12 May 2014 - Director General Li after signing a country programme with Binta Diallo, Guinean Minister of Industry.


    VIENNA, 6 May 2014 - Director General Li received Hiroshi Watanabe, Governor and CEO of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Watanabe explained that JBIC had recently expanded its operations in Africa and Latin America and expressed his interest in enhancing the Bank's cooperation with UNIDO in these regions and elsewhere. DG informed Watanabe of his plans to initiate a new partnership programme with national and international financing institutions and the private sector.