Mission to Azerbaijan
BAKU, 2 May 2015 - Director General Li met with Shahin Mustafayev, Minister of Economy and Industry of Azerbaijan and Niyazi Safarov, Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry. They discussed the strategic aspects of cooperation and partnerships between UNIDO and the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Li pointed out that the visit presents an excellent opportunity to explore ways of strengthening cooperation. He expressed appreciation for the constructive cooperation with the Government of Azerbaijan and for the collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Industry, which has resulted in a number of technical cooperation projects in areas such as trade capacity building, resource efficient and cleaner production, chemical management and industrial parks. The Minister underlined that Azerbaijan pays great attention to the diversification and development of the non-oil industry, and that it strives to expand opportunities to use alternative and renewable energy sources and seeks to strengthen food security and improve the foreign trade and investment structure.
Mission to Paris
PARIS, 30 APRIL - Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, hosted a luncheon for the members of the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) and Foreign Minister Fabius (centre right) pose for a group photo with the members of the CEB on 30 April 2015. Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong, is in top row, second from left. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Mission to Belarus
MINSK, 22 April 2015 - Director General Li attended the opening of the 21st International Exhibition on Telecommunications, Information and Banking Technologies (TIBO) held in Minsk. He met with the Prime Minister of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov, who proposed that UNIDO develops an interregional project to support the formation of partnerships and schemes for interaction between middle income countries (MICs) in order to assist them in overcoming middle income trap. He said that his country was ready to take a lead among middle-income countries, when it comes to promoting innovative industries and technologies and in hosting international fora events in cooperation with UNIDO in thematic areas of relevance for MICs. From left to right: Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Andrey Kobyakov, Prime Minister of Belarus; Director General Li; and Sergei Popkov, Minister of Communications and Informatization of Belarus.
Conference on Accountability and Learning
VIENNA, 21 April 2015 - Director General Li attended an event on "Accountability and Learning: Getting to Results and Impact - The Use of Evaluation in Evidence-Based Policy Making" held at the Hofburg Conference Centre in Vienna. He participated in the high-level panel discussion together with representatives from the Austrian Development Cooperation Department of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa; the Ambassador of Canada to Austria and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna; and the International Centre for Human Development of India.
On mission to Kuwait
On mission to Saudi Arabia
JEDDAH, 12 April 2015 - Director General LI Yong and Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank today signed a joint declaration to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
On mission to the Republic of Korea
SEOUL/INCHEON, 9 April 2015 - During his official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Director General attended the Development Cooperation Forum High-Level Symposium on “Development cooperation for people and planet: what will it take”. He participated as a panellist in an interactive panel discussion on “Towards more coherent support for a post-2015 development agenda”.