Thursday, 21 November 2013

World Economic Forum and UNIDO initiative to address global manufacturing issues and business challenges

VIENNA, 21 November 2013 – A new collaboration to promote job creation and support manufacturing capabilities was initiated yesterday in Abu Dhabi between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Agenda Council Network of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The declaration of the joint initiative was signed by Augusto Luis Alcorta, Director of UNIDO's Development Policy, Statistics and Strategic Research Branch, and Martina Gmür, Senior Director and Head of WEF's Network of Global Agenda Councils. The signing took place during the sixth annual Summit on the Global Agenda, held in the United Arab Emirates’ capital on 18-20 November under the theme, Driving Change Through Collaboration.

The initiative, entitled the Global Manufacturing Capabilities Forum, aims to identify, analyze, discuss, and propose solutions as well as serve as a platform to address global manufacturing issues and business challenges, including questions relating to global value chains and/or regional developments, and to examine policies for building manufacturing capabilities at the global level.

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Its Global Agenda Council Network is a global community of over 1,500 premier thought leaders who are the foremost experts in their fields of academia, business, government, international organizations and society.

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

Expected outcomes of the joint initiative include the elaboration of a joint UNIDO-WEF Global Manufacturing Capabilities Monitoring Report, which will  assess the global state of manufacturing capabilities, and the implementation of suitable projects.

For more information on the initiative, please contact: 

Augusto Luis Alcorta
Director, Development Policy, Statistics and Strategic Research Branch
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
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