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Speeches of the Director-General in 2008

Statement at the Industrial Development Board, 35th session, Vienna, Austria, 2 to 3 December 2008

At the time of your last Board meeting in May, the world was trying to grapple with the Food, Fuel and emerging Financial crises, the so-called three-Fs. At that time, the World Bank estimated that over 100 million people would be pushed below the poverty line and that most of the gains we had achieved in reaching the MDG targets were at risk of being wiped out. I say “emerging financial” crisis because at that time, we considered it a mortgage crisis restricted to the housing sector. Six months later, we are beginning to feel the impact on the real sectors – especially manufacturing – and some economists describe it as the worst economic crisis in the past seventy years.

Closing Statement at the LDCs Ministerial Conference, Siem Reap, 19-20 November 2008

In my long term vision, I hope that we bring the manufacturing sector into the discussion of trade for LDCs. I also hope that very soon Pascal and I will also be able to bring the agri-business side into these discussions since production, for many of us, is still in agriculture. We want to create the link with value addition; this is why I talk about agri-business, about developing supply chains and, as our colleague from ITC said before, about enlarging the group of stakeholders to also include the private sector

Opening Speech at the LDCs Ministerial Conference, Siem Reap, 19-20 November 2008

We are here to also reflect on the practical answers to this critical question. I would like to thank the Government of Cambodia for inviting us to Siem Reap. In such an enabling environment, let us reflect on the trends and directions that emerged since we met in 2007 and identify the way forward

Speech on Energy Security and Foreign Policy at the Ambassadors' Conference: Vienna, 2 September 2008

Let me speak about renewables. Promoting the use of renewables in developing countries and at home should continue as a key aim of EU policy. Renweables reduce supply pressures and carbon emissions and can help to boost development. Of course different countries will favour different renewables as a result of their own resource endowments, but biofuels, wind, hydro, solar and hydrogen all have the potential to contribute to increased energy security

Opening Statement at the twenty-fourth session of the Programme and Budget Committee: Vienna, 3 September 2008

We have done, and continue to do our part in renewing UNIDO. As an example, in the recently issued UN Policy Report of the Federal Government of Germany, it is stated that “UNIDO has become a lean, efficient implementing agency for technical cooperation, which enjoys a high degree of international recognition.” May I submit however, that our resource base and our staff capacities do require strengthening so as to maintain and further build upon our well recognized achievements

Opening Statement at the thirty-fourth session of the Industrial Development Board Vienna, 14 – 16 May 2008

Beyond climate change, we are now faced with another crisis – the energy crisis. This crisis is significant because it has widespread implications, especially for industry. For one thing, the use of energy is a leading source of carbon missions. There is widespread concern about these emissions as they affect climate change, and it is likely that many countries will adopt high standards to reduce them. This will have a significant impact on the future shape of industry, as it tries to adopt energy efficiency measures

Opening Ceremony of the International Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa Dakar, 16 April 2008

Just a year after my last visit to Dakar, I am delighted to be back in the country of “Téranga” – back to a country that is truly at the crossroads of Africa and that today once again perpetuates its long-established tradition of hospitality, which it extended just a few weeks ago with great success to the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, and is now extending to the International Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa

Opening Ceremony of the Global Agro-Industrial Forum New Delhi, 9 April 2008

I am delighted to be back in India – back to a country that in recent years has become a hallmark of success in the developing world: with consistently high economic growth, reportedly among the fastest in the world; a sharp decrease in people living below the poverty line; and most importantly, the tremendous contribution these outstanding developments are making to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

African Union Summit: Industrial Development of Africa

In looking forward as to how Africa could also embark on such a process and speed up the development of a vibrant private sector, Dr. Yumkella argued in particular for the need to build up the so-called “missing middle” of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa