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Director General's interview in Forum magazine

VIENNA, 16 July 2015 – Director General Li is featured on the front page with an article in the latest issue of Forum, a magazine from DNV GL. Forum is published typically three times a year, and has a circulation estimated at about 20,000 copies per issue worldwide. Targeted audience are thought leaders from the development organizations, including the UN, the EU, aid agencies, development finance institutions, governments, and corporates.

Mission to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2015 – Director General participated as a panellist in a side event co-organized by the Government of Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank, entitled “Transforming Africa: Modernizing Agriculture, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Sustainable Infrastructure and Energy”. This side event provided an opportunity to continue the policy discourse on Africa’s development and transformation agenda, specifically in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, and to showcase Africa’s future potential.

ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – At the end of the Forum, Director General Li and other participants took part in a field visit to the Eastern Industrial Zone (EIZ), an industrial park in Dukem, 37 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa. The Chinese-built EIZ has been praised for creating more than 50,000 jobs. It was Ethiopia’s first industrial park, and some 20 companies now lease land there, among them, Huajian, the renowned Chinese shoemaker. Huajian produces more than 7,000 pairs of shoes a day and generates some USD 1.3 million per month, employing around 3,500 workers.

ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – Director General Li delivered welcoming remarks to participants of UNIDO's Third ISID Forum, which is a special event to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General Li spoke at the opening of the Third ISID Forum together with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank; Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of UNECA; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC); Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Amadou Ba, Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal; and Frutuoso de Melo, Director General for International Cooperation and Development, EU.

ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – On the occasion of the Third ISID Forum held in Addis Ababa, Director General Li held a meeting with Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

ADDIS ABABA, 13 July 2015 – On the first day of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Director General attended a high-level side event titled “Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for Achieving Sustainable Development”. The event focused on how the United Nations system is prepared to coordinate its capacity-building efforts and initiatives on science, technology and innovation in support of the sustainable development goals. It provided an opportunity for a dialogue with Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector, on a coordinated way forward to support implementation of decisions related to science, technology and innovation (STI). Taking full advantage of this opportunity, the Director General moderated a panel discussion on the key role of STI in achieving sustainable development.

ADDIS ABABA, 12 July 2015 – Director General traveled to Ethiopia to participate in the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3), taking place in Addis Ababa from 13 to 16 July. Arriving in Addis Ababa, he held a bilateral meeting with Macky Sall, President of Senegal.

Mission to Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG CITY, 9 July 2015 – The Director General signed today a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Investment Bank.

LUXEMBOURG CITY, 9 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General Li spoke at the European Investment Bank (EIB) Africa Day.

LUXEMBOURG CITY, 9 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General Li met Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

LUXEMBOURG CITY, 9 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General Li met Patrick Ignatius Gomes, Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States.

LUXEMBOURG CITY, 9 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General met Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg.

Mission to Moscow

MOSCOW, 7 July 2015 – The Director General spoke at the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers held in Moscow.

MOSCOW, 7 July 2015 – Director General Li met Ivan Joao Guimaraes Ramalho, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil, at the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers.

MOSCOW, 7 July 2015 – Director General LI Yong met WANG Souwen, Deputy Minister of Commerce of China, at the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers.

MOSCOW, 7 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General met Deepak Jagdish Saksena, Deputy Minister of State for Commerce and Industry of India, at the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers.

MOSCOW, 7 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General met Alexey Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, at the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers.

MOSCOW, 7 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General met Andrei Klimov, Member of the Counsel of Federation of the Russian Federal Assembly, at the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers.