Mission to the UN General Assembly and the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York
NEW YORK, 24 September 2015 - The UN Radio interviewed UNIDO Director General LI Yong on the occasion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York.
Director General's interview with Devex International Development
VIENNA, 21 September 2015 - Devex International Development today published its interview with UNIDO Director General Li Yong. The conversation took place in July 2015 on the sidelines of the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Devex is a social enterprise and media platform for the global development community. It aims to connect and inform development, health, humanitarian, and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding and career opportunities in international development.
Vienna Food Safety Forum
Mission to China
XIAMEN, 8 September 2015 –The Director General spoke at the Forum on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank & investment opportunities in the countries along the Maritime Silk Road.
XIAMEN, 8 September 2015 – Director General LI Yong spoke at the Maritime-Continental Silk Road Entrepreneurs Alliance Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion.
XIAMEN, 8 September 2015 – Director General LI Yong met with Zayed Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Bahrain. The Minister expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of UNIDO with Bahrain. He briefed the Director General on the efforts being made by Bahrain to diversify its economy into more productive sectors through SMEs development, science and innovation, promotion of high technology industries. The Director General noted that South-South cooperation arrangements could be facilitated by UNIDO between Bahrain and other regions.
XIAMEN, 8 September 2015 – Director General LI Yong met with the Mayor of Shenzhen XU Qin and was briefed by the Mayor on the efforts of municipality to transit to a low carbon economy and how to convert the city a centre of global excellence in high technology, research and development and science and innovation. The Director General noted that UNIDO was the first international organization to assist China in the development of Special Economic Zones and industrial parks and is willing to strengthen the cooperation with Shenzhen to promote science and innovation and investment and technology. The DG added that the experience of Shenzhen in promoting science and innovation and low carbon industrial development could be shared with other countries and regions of the world through South-South cooperation.
XIAMEN, 7 September 2015 – Director General LI Yong met with Khalid Al-Rumaini, Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Economic Development Board. The Bahrain Economic Development Board would like to partner with UNIDO in the areas of entrepreneurship development in Information Technology, intellectual property, and infrastructure development. The Director General reaffirmed that UNIDO is an enabling and catalytic organization and is ready to facilitate the partnership and networking to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).
XIAMEN, 7 September 2015 – Director General LI Yong met with Abdulhakeem Y. Alkhayyat, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Finance House. The meeting provided the opportunity to discuss possible cooperation between the private finance institution and UNIDO. It was agreed that both parties could collaborate in the areas of industrial parks, processing zones, technology incubators, design and innovation and entrepreneurship development.
XIAMEN, 7 September 2015 – Director General Li spoke at the New Silk Road Development Symposium in Xiamen.
Director General's mission to the United Arab Emirates
AL AIN, 1 September 2015 – UNIDO Director General Li and Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, met in Al Ain to promote next year’s jointly sponsored Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS), which will take place in Abu Dhabi.
AL AIN, 1 September 2015 – Director General Li met with Alpha Condé, President of Guinea, on the occasion of the global announcement ceremony of the GMIS. They discussed UNIDO’s technical cooperation in Guinea, the industrialization challenges the country's economy faces and how UNIDO could contribute to overcome these challenges. In addition, the Director General and Boubacar Barry, Guinea's Minister of Industry, SMEs and Promotion of the Private Sector, signed a joint declaration expressing their intention to facilitate close cooperation between UNIDO and Guinea to support Guinea’s industrial strategy and promote inclusive and sustainable growth.
AL AIN, 1 September 2015 – The Director General met Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, to discuss the progress being made on the GMIS initiative and its way forward. They agreed to organize a roadshow to be held in major cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, China and other countries in order to push the summit’s agenda of fostering inclusive and sustainable industrial development and bringing the private and public sectors together with civil society to encourage greater investment in manufacturing, drive innovation and promote skills development worldwide.
Director General's interview in Forum magazine
VIENNA, 16 July 2015 – Director General Li is featured on the front page with an article in the latest issue of Forum, a magazine from DNV GL. Forum is published typically three times a year, and has a circulation estimated at about 20,000 copies per issue worldwide. Targeted audience are thought leaders from the development organizations, including the UN, the EU, aid agencies, development finance institutions, governments, and corporates.
Mission to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2015 – Director General participated as a panellist in a side event co-organized by the Government of Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank, entitled “Transforming Africa: Modernizing Agriculture, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Sustainable Infrastructure and Energy”. This side event provided an opportunity to continue the policy discourse on Africa’s development and transformation agenda, specifically in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, and to showcase Africa’s future potential.
ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – At the end of the Forum, Director General Li and other participants took part in a field visit to the Eastern Industrial Zone (EIZ), an industrial park in Dukem, 37 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa. The Chinese-built EIZ has been praised for creating more than 50,000 jobs. It was Ethiopia’s first industrial park, and some 20 companies now lease land there, among them, Huajian, the renowned Chinese shoemaker. Huajian produces more than 7,000 pairs of shoes a day and generates some USD 1.3 million per month, employing around 3,500 workers.
ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – Director General Li delivered welcoming remarks to participants of UNIDO's Third ISID Forum, which is a special event to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – UNIDO Director General Li spoke at the opening of the Third ISID Forum together with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank; Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of UNECA; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC); Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Amadou Ba, Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal; and Frutuoso de Melo, Director General for International Cooperation and Development, EU.
ADDIS ABABA, 14 July 2015 – On the occasion of the Third ISID Forum held in Addis Ababa, Director General Li held a meeting with Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
ADDIS ABABA, 13 July 2015 – On the first day of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Director General attended a high-level side event titled “Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for Achieving Sustainable Development”. The event focused on how the United Nations system is prepared to coordinate its capacity-building efforts and initiatives on science, technology and innovation in support of the sustainable development goals. It provided an opportunity for a dialogue with Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector, on a coordinated way forward to support implementation of decisions related to science, technology and innovation (STI). Taking full advantage of this opportunity, the Director General moderated a panel discussion on the key role of STI in achieving sustainable development.
Mission to Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG CITY, 9 July 2015 – The Director General signed today a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Investment Bank.