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Speeches of the Director General in 2012

Speech by Kandeh K. Yumkella as he accepts the Global Leadership Award in New York, October 2012

Kandeh K. Yumkella, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), received the Global Leadership Award. The prestigious international award was presented to Yumkella in recognition of his work on advancing sustainable energy for all, poverty reduction, the Millennium Development Goals and efforts to reduce the impact of climate change.

Speech by Kandeh K. Yumkella at the African Caucus Meeting, Kinshasa, 1 August 2012

As the primary caretakers of the finances of your countries, you are well aware of the challenges facing African nations like other developing countries and emerging economies. In the nest few minutes, I will provide you with an overview of how UNIDO helps to respond to the major challenges.

Opening Statement by Kandeh K. Yumkella at the 28th session of the Programme and Budget Committee, Vienna, 25 June 2012

I would like to warmly welcome you to the twenty-eighth session of the Programme and Budget Committee. To begin with, I wish to express my most sincere thanks to H.E. Ambassador U. K. Yatani of Kenya for his able chairmanship of the twenty seventh session and to the Bureau for its support throughout the year.

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks at the Ashden Awards, 2012

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks at the Ashden Awards 2012. The Ashden Awards bring to light ground-breaking green energy champions in the UK and developing world and inspire others to follow.

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks at the Biomass for Electricity: Greening Electricity Generation for Energy Access Conference, Güssing, 2 May 2012

"It is not a coincidence that we have come to Guessing to discuss sustainable biomass. Guessing has accomplished a remarkable transition from an economically poor, low- growth region with no industry and high degree of unemployment to an internationally recognized model of transition to green economy."

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks at the European launch of the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All, 8 February 2012

"Energy powers human progress, from job generation to economic competitiveness, from strengthening security to empowering women, energy is the great integrator: it cuts across all sectors and lies at the heart of all countries’ core interests."

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks at the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, February 2012

"...it is indeed time to take stock of where we stand in a global context and how can we protect but yet optimally utilize the Global Commons for sustainable global development."

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks at the European launch of the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All, 8 February 2012

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks at the African Union Summit 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 January 2012

"Four years ago, I had the honor of sharing with your Assembly my reflections on Accelerating Africa’s Development through Industrialization. Some of you Excellencies, who were present at the 10th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the..."

Kandeh K. Yumkella speaks to the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria at the National Bank of Austria, 24 January 2012

"...without major policy change, the international community will face three major challenges in the decades to come: energy security, energy access and climate change"