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Speeches of the Director General in 2010

Director General Yumkella's visit at the new chlorine recovery system for carbon tetrachloride (CTC) at the MEXICHEM plant July 13 2010

Today´s Mexico is a modern and progressive nation, which plays a leading role not only in its region, but also in our globalized world of the 21st century, where it is increasingly emerging as an important point of reference.

Director General Yumkella's visit to the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Recycling Centre ECOFROGO, July 13 2010

It is my great pleasure to be here today in Mexico and in particular in Texcoco. As we all know, this year 2010 is a very special year for Mexico. Not only did your country achieve its independence 200 years ago, but it is also celebrating the centenary of the Revolution.

Director General Yumkella's Statement at a seminar on “The potential and business opportunity in Africa” at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan on 15 June 2010

It is indeed a privilege and an honour for me to be with you today and to share some ideas at this seminar. I have been here for a few days now and I have had the privilege of visiting the Japanese public sector and meeting with political leaders to look at how we can cooperate in general with UNIDO. But this afternoon we are here to talk about Africa.

Director General Yumkella's Statement at the Third Nevsky International Ecological Congress, 14 May 2010

I welcome the debate that this congress is seeking to generate on issues related to expanding the use of renewable and alternative energy sources, promoting increased energy-efficiency, developing low-carbon and low-resource products and processes, and exploring effective approaches for a balanced growth process...

Director General Yumkella's Lecture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, 17 May 2010

Today I do not intend to discuss UNIDO projects and activities. Instead I will focus on global responses to global challenges, particularly in the related domains of development, economic growth and climate change. This is a topic especially close to my heart...

Director General Yumkella's message on World Environment Day 2010

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day ‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future’ celebrates the diversity of life on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, whilst sending a stark reminder that our way of life is threatening the very existence of our planet for future generations.

Director General Yumkella's speech at the The Fourth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), May 24-28, 2010

For almost twenty years, GEF has been a key channel through which environmental issues have been placed at the top of the international agenda, assisting governments the world over in managing threats to the global commons.

Director General opening statement and presentation, Industrial Development Board, 10-12 May 2010

The Director General's Opening Statement at the International Industrial Biotechnology Network Symposium held in Vienna, 29 March 2010

The Director General's Opening Statement at the High-Level Conference on the Development of Agribusiness andAgro-industries in Africa held in Abuja, 10 March 2010

A particularly critical question that we are asking ourselves in this context is whether the recovery from this crisis will generate inclusive growth or whether the growing fears of a jobless global economic recovery will be fulfilled...

The Director General's Key Note Address at Statoil, Corporate Summit, held in Norway, 3 March 2010

As the Director General of the specialized agency in the United Nations system set up to link development with private sector industry, I am keenly aware of the leadership role required of the private sector in the energy field....

The Director General's Key Note Address at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, 6 February 2010

We all are aware of the fact that this summit is taking place against the backdrop of ever evolving energy and climate agenda, especially when seen in the context of looking beyond Copenhagen...