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Speeches

  • Opening remarks at the 43rd session of the Industrial Development Board, 23 June 2015, Vienna

    From my election and the adoption of the historic Lima Declaration in 2013, we have now reached a point where our common vision of “ISID” has found its way into the mainstream global development policy of the United Nations - the post-2015 development agenda. We are now on the final stretch of our collective efforts towards this new sustainable development framework...

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  • Opening remarks on the occasion of Vienna Energy Forum 2015, 18 June 2015, Vienna

    This is the fourth edition of this Forum. Over the years, this event has provided a platform for thought leaders, policy-makers, academics, the private sector and civil society from around the world to shape the energy agenda at the global-level. Indeed, this Forum is the only one where we discuss energy and development issues holistically. Our previous discussions at past Vienna Energy Forums have contributed significantly to setting the direction of the global agenda on energy and development.

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  • Speech on the occasion of the 19th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, 18 June 2015, St. Petersburg

    It is a special privilege and a great pleasure for me to address you today at this very important Forum in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg.I would like to thank the organizers of this notable event and specifically His Excellency, Mr. Sergey Prikhodko, Deputy Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation, for giving me the opportunity to exchange views with you today on the subject of green growth and the economics of climate change.

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  • Remarks at the annual WAIPA World Investment Conference during Expo Milan 2015, 16 June 2015, Milan

    We have gathered today to discuss how to ensure that every person in the world can have adequate access to food. Of course, this concern is at the heart of the mandates and missions of the Rome-based UN agencies. But, it is very close to our mission at UNIDO as well, and we work very closely with the Rome-based agencies in helping to meet this global objective. In fact, as of November last year, we have been invited to join the Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on Food and Security. We t

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  • Opening remarks at the 2015 International Food Safety Forum, Beijing, 15 June 2015

    UNIDO has a strong track record in promoting food safety, working along the entire food processing value chain. This begins by upgrading the operations of agro-processors to meet relevant food safety standards. It further includes the strengthening the quality infrastructure of relevant inspection and certification services. 

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  • Speech at Africa Day Celebration, Vienna, 26 May 2015

    This year’s Africa day celebration brings about a renewed opportunity to reinforce the partnership for prosperity between African countries, the African Union and the United Nations family.

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  • Statement at the interactive panel discussion on human security, Vienna, 11 May 2015

    For UNIDO it is clear: the fate of recovery efforts in post-crisis situations is largely determined by the degree of success in making the transition from the initial stage of emergency aid to rehabilitation and reconstruction and ultimately to development. 

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  • Opening remarks at the annual meeting of legal advisers of the United Nations system, Vienna, 7 May 2015

    As a specialized agency with a global mandate and global activities, UNIDO is keenly aware that it cannot work effectively without appropriate legal frameworks that protect the independence and integrity of its operations, assets, and personnel. Like other specialized agencies, UNIDO is both a beneficiary and a steward of international conventions and system-wide legal standards and practices.

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  • Statement at the International University of Humanities and Development in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 4 May 2015

    I am proud that UNIDO is a member of the United Nations family in Ashgabat and is contributing to Turkmenistan’s sustainable economic development through our technical assistance projects. Hand-in-hand with other UN agencies and partners, we are committed to fostering technical cooperation, knowledge sharing and building partnerships for delivering high-impact and effective results for the benefit of the people of Turkmenistan.

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  • Opening statement at the MICs Conference, Minsk, 23 April 2015

    We all are aware that industry drives innovation and learning, and helps create new technological knowledge. This is vital for job creation, sustainable livelihoods, and equitable growth, and key to eradicating poverty. Modern industrialization is also about state-of-the-art innovative and environmentally sustainable technologies and practices that help reduce consumption of non-renewable resources...

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