• Opening remarks at the business matchmaking session on the sidelines of China International Fair for Investment and Trade, Xiamen, 9 September 2016

    We have organized this business matchmaking event as a follow-up to yesterday’s High-Level Forum on Investment in Africa, to allow Government representatives, UNIDO project managers and interested investors to engage in a direct dialogue, as a first step to what could potentially be fruitful future collaborations. This session is an important opportunity for you to exchange innovative ideas and discuss possibilities for joint projects.

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  • Speech at the cocktail reception to celebrate UNIDO’s 50th Anniversary, on the sidelines of China International Fair for Investment and Trade, Xiamen, 8 September 2016

    What better occasion could there be to do so than at a moment when our dear Organization, UNIDO, is turning 50? And what better platform could there be but the CIFIT, which UNIDO helped to build up in the first place, and which is also celebrating a round birthday this year? 20 years, over which it has continuously grown into one of the most important fairs for trade and investment world-wide.

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  • Opening remarks at the High-Level Forum on Investment in Africa, on the sidelines of China International Fair for Investment and Trade, Xiamen, 8 September 2016

    We have gathered here at the occasion of the annual China International Fair for Investment and Trade to explore various opportunities for investment. At this forum today we will look at Africa, - a continent with still so much untapped potential and many opportunities for growth. We will look at how we can work together to boost investment in Africa to fuel industrialization, job creation and inclusive and sustainable growth.

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  • Opening remarks at the exhibition to celebrate UNIDO-China Cooperation, Xiamen, China, 8 September 2016

    This special 50th anniversary exhibition highlights the UNIDO-China cooperation over the years and provides vivid images of the past. It shows how strong and deeply rooted the cooperation between China and UNIDO has been over the years, and how many key partners it has involved.

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  • Keynote Speech at the 2016 China International Fair for Investment and Trade, Xiamen, China, 8 September 2016

    It is a great privilege to be here with you today at the Xiamen Investment Fair. I would like to express my most sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of China and to the Fujian Provincial Government for organizing this important event. I would also like to thank them and their partners for bringing together high-level policy makers, global business leaders and world-renowned economists – all united by one conviction: while poverty is still the central challenge

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  • Opening remarks at the 4th Green Industry Conference, Ulsan, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016

    We need to learn from smart, sustainable and resource efficient cities. We must also be less wasteful and more efficient in our use of man-made and natural resources, if we are to achieve a circular economy in which industrial systems regenerate themselves by design. Resource efficiency − encompassing cleaner production, greater use of renewable energies, smart city planning, information and communication technologies, and infrastructure improvements – is vital to this objective.

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  • Statement on the occasion of Africa Day, Vienna, 30 May 2016

    This year’s timely topic coincides with the first year of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This universal and inclusive agenda rests on three pillars: human rights; peace and security; and development. The centrality of human rights, particularly gender equality, to peace, security and development cannot be over-emphasised.

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  • Statement on the occasion of the Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs, Antalya, 27 May 2016

    This Conference represents a timely platform to take stock of achievements and remaining impediments to achieving the IPoA goals. It is an opportunity to launch concrete initiatives to reach these goals, elaborate on how to further strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable graduation of LDCs, and reaffirm the global commitment to further and more comprehensively address the specific needs of world’s most vulnerable countries.

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  • Opening speech at the private sector forum on investment opportunities in LDCs, Antalya, 26 May 2016

    Investment plays a central role in poverty eradication, by increasing the productive capacity of the economy and employment. A viable business model provides incentives for all firms — small, medium and large, as well as micro enterprises — to invest productively, create jobs, introduce and expand the use of new technologies that can serve to increase the productivity and sustainability of other factors of production.

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  • Keynote speech at a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 23 May

    This Side Event is particularly important because it will allow us to touch upon fundamental issues being discussed at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit - the nexus between humanitarian assistance and development and the new partnerships with all stakeholders that are necessary in crisis contexts, including with the private sector.

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