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Speeches

  • 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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  • 8th Summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Addis Ababa, 30 March 2015

    Your theme on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization is undoubtedly the most meaningful of responses to the developmental aspirations of your region, and indeed of Africa as a whole. It underlines the increasingly crucial catalytic contribution that UNIDO can make, together with other development partners, in helping COMESA’s citizens to achieve a better life, where economic growth is accelerated and the resulting development is both inclusive and sustainable.

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  • Message to the Egypt Economic Development Conference, Sharm El-Sheikh, 13 March 2015

    This Conference takes place at a vital time in global development as Member States are hard at work crafting a post-2015 agenda and sustainable development goals that are people-centered and planet sensitive.

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  • Keynote speech at the occasion of the 8th International Workshop on Public-Private Dialogue (PPD), Copenhagen, 10 March 2015

    While the Millennium Development Goals focused on critical issues of social and human development, the economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development must be also strengthened to support sustainable poverty eradication and consolidate the improvements in the social sphere that have been accomplished in the past decades. To do so, various streams of international negotiations are merging this year, and will lead to a common agenda through which all nations will commit themselves to

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  • Speech during the Consultations with Member States on the proposed Medium-term Programme Framework, Vienna, 27 February 2015

    The MTPF will also need to incorporate the very valuable recommendations contained in the outcome document of the Informal Working Group on UNIDO’s future, entitled “Strategic Guidance Document”. As mandated by the last General Conference, the “Strategic Guidance Document” is considered an “essential contribution for the formulation and implementation of the MTPF.” and I am fully committed to ensuring that these recommendations of the outcome document are reflected in the new MTPF.

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  • Speech at session 8 of the Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit, Jaipur, 17 January 2015

    However, although the MDGs have made some progress in terms of helping to meet essential human needs, other structural drivers of poverty eradication were not addressed by the MDG framework. Industrialization has, throughout modern history, been the greatest driver of structural poverty reduction by boosting productivity, employment opportunities and wages for poorer citizens.

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