VIENNA, 21 November 2012 – Costa Rica will host a high-level conference of middle-income countries in San José from 12 to 14 June 2013.
This was announced by Foreign Minister, Enrique Castillo-Barrantes, at the UNIDO Industrial Development Board taking place in Vienna this week.
Aiming to create “Networks for prosperity”, the conference will concentrate on the role and position of middle-income countries in regional and global development issues, and provide inputs to the ongoing debate on the follow-up development framework after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.
The conference will also look at inclusive growth and prosperity; sustainability and green industry; and financing for sustainable economic development. These three topics are believed to be at the core of the interests of middle-income countries in the post-MDG development framework.
Minister Castillo-Barrantes stressed the importance to jointly work on "processes to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth in order to tackle social inequality and heterogeneity that characterizes middle-income countries". He also highlighted the responsibility of the international community to find innovative ways of international cooperation to support the development efforts carried out by those countries.
For more information on the event, please contact:
UNIDO Programme Management Officer