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71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

WASHINGTON D.C., 23 September 2016 – The Director General spoke at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., at an event titled “Africa’s industrialization in the era of the 2030 Agenda: From political declarations to action on the ground”. Co-hosted by UNIDO, the Africa Growth Initiative and the African Union Commission (AUC), the event focused on discussing how to best support the region in its efforts to sustainably industrialize, as well as how to leverage the various interests and support from development partners. Fatima H. Acyl, Commissioner of Trade and Industry of the AUC, was one of the panellists.

NEW YORK, 22 September 2016 – Director General participated in the first global multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) partnership dialogue, which is a follow-up to the SAMOA Pathway - the outcome of the Third SIDS International Conference held in 2014. At the event, he presented UNIDO’s Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, which will be inaugurated in April 2017 in Nukuʻalofa, Kingdom of Tonga. During the event, Belgium, Norway, Japan, Spain and other countries, together with UN agencies, launched new partnerships. The publication, titled “First global multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) partnership dialogue”, was also presented.

NEW YORK, 22 September 2016 - Director General Li met with Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. Li emphasized the importance of industrialization and highlighted UNIDO’s role in sustainable development, as well as in tackling the migration challenge. The prime minister acknowledged UNIDO’s contribution to economic growth in developing countries, as well as to the agenda of the Council of the European Union, of which Malta will hold the Presidency in January 2017 for the first time.

NEW YORK, 21 September 2016 – Director General Li met Michael B. Christides, Secretary General (Ambassador) of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. The Ambassador expressed the interest of Black Sea member countries (Republic of Albania, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Bulgaria, Georgia, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Turkey and Ukraine) in strengthening their relations with UNIDO, especially in the fields of investment promotion, energy efficiency and environment. In particular, the two discussed the further development of UNIDO's Global Cleantech Innovation Programme in the Black Sea region.

NEW YORK, 21 September 2016 – On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, Director General Li attended a special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-test-ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in New York, together with CTBTO Executive Secretary, Lassina Zerbo, and the Chief of the UN Postal Administration, Thanawat Amnajanan.

NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – Director General Li met Edgar Chagwa LUNGU, President of the Republic of Zambia and Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), during the State Luncheon that took place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – Director General Li met with the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, which is held on 13 to 26 September in New York. Shava expressed his determination to make industrialization the central theme during his Presidency at ECOSOC. Director General Li affirmed UNIDO's full support for this.

Vienna Investment Conference

VIENNA, 14 September 2016 – Director General Li delivered opening remarks at the Vienna International Conference, which is held from 14 to 15 September and aims to look at current trends and potential perspectives related to international investment flows.

Mission to Chengdu, China

CHENGDU, China, 13 September 2016 – Director General Li delivered opening remarks at the Third UNIDO Green Industry International Workshop held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. The workshop is a joint initiative of UNIDO and the Centre for Industrial Culture Development at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. "Green company and social responsibility" is the theme of this year's workshop.

CHENGDU, China, 12 September 2016 – Prior to the opening of the Third UNIDO Green Industry International Workshop, Director General Li visited a number of companies and facilities in the Sichuan Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Research Base in Jintang County to assess how the concept of green industry has been implemented in Sichuan Province. One of the facilities he visited was Sichuan Changhong Green Renewable Co. Limited, which specializes in the recovery and recycling of electronic wastes.

CHENGDU, China, 12 September 2016 – Prior to the opening of the Third UNIDO Green Industry International Workshop, Director General Li visited a number of companies and facilities in the Sichuan Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Research Base in Jintang County to assess how the concept of green industry has been implemented in Sichuan Province. One of the facilities he visited was Bamo Scientific and Technical Company, which is engaged in applying cutting-edge technology in producing new materials and components for high power batteries of cellular phones for brands such as Apple and Samsung.

CHENGDU, China, 12 September 2016 – Prior to the opening of the Third UNIDO Green Industry International Workshop, Director General Li visited a number of companies and facilities in the Sichuan Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Research Base in Jintang County to assess how the concept of green industry has been implemented in Sichuan Province. One of the facilities was Jintang Innovation and Entrepreneurship Incubation Village, which nurtures innovative ideas and enterprises in the areas of energy efficiency and environmental protection.

CHENGDU, China, 12 September 2016 – Director General Li attended the “Green industry development expert group meeting”, prior to the opening of the Third UNIDO Green Industry International Workshop held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. The meeting was chaired by YIN Li, Governor of Sichuan Province.

China International Fair for Investment and Trade

XIAMEN, 8 September 2016 – On the sidelines of the 2016 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), UNIDO organized a high-level forum on investment in Africa, in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce of China, Fujian Provincial Government and CCTV. Director General LI Yong, together with former World Bank Chief Economist, Justin Lin, and Ministers of Ethiopia and Senegal, as well as representatives of the private sector took part in a panel discussion, which was broadcasted as a CCTV programme called "Dialogue".

XIAMEN, 8 September 2016 – The UNIDO delegation led by Director General Li visited the exhibition on UNIDO-China cooperation, held to mark the Organization’s 50th anniversary on the margins of the 2016 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT).

XIAMEN, 8 September 2016 – An exhibition on UNIDO-China cooperation was held to mark the Organization’s 50th anniversary on the margins of the 2016 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), held in Xiamen on 8 to 11 September. Director General Li and the vice provincial governor of Fujian Province, ZHANG Zinan attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the exhibition.

XIAMEN, 8 September 2016 – Director General Li met WANG Yang, Vice Premier of China during the 2016 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), taking place on 8 to 11 September, in Xiamen, China.

XIAMEN, 8 September 2016 – Director General Li delivered a keynote speech at the 2016 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), taking place on 8 to 11 September, in Xiamen, China.

XIAMEN, 8 September 2016 – Director General Li attended the opening ceremony of the 2016 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), taking place on 8 to 11 September, in Xiamen, China. The Fair was opened by the Vice Premier of China, WANG Yang.

XIAMEN, 7 September 2016 – Director General Li attended the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), taking place on 8 to 11 September, in Xiamen, China. Prior to the Fair, he met with Party Secretary of Provincial Government, YOU Quan, to discuss further cooperation on CIFIT and technical cooperation projects.

XIAMEN, 7 September 2016 – Director General Li attended the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), taking place on 8 to 11 September, in Xiamen, China. Prior to the Fair, he met with Phelekezela Mphoko, Vice President of Zimbabwe.

XIAMEN, 7 September 2016 – Director General Li attended the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), taking place on 8 to 11 September, in Xiamen, China. Prior to the Fair, the Director General was interviewed by the Xiamen TV.

GMIS Roadshow in Beijing

BEIJING, 6 September 2016 – On the margins of the Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) Roadshow in Beijing, China, Director General Li met the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT), ZHANG Feng.

BEIJING, 6 September 2016 – A UNIDO delegation led by the Director General participated in the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) Roadshow in Beijing, China. The GMIS initiative was launched by UNIDO in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates and the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum. In order to promote it, a number of briefings are being held in different places all over the globe. The Roadshow in Beijing was prepared and conducted with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, and attracted more than 100 representatives of significant manufacturing firms, manufacturing-related organizations, academia and governmental institutions.

11th G20 Summit

HANGZHOU, 5 September 2016 – Director General Li attended the 11th G20 Summit held in Hangzhou, China, on 4 to 5 September. On the margins of the Summit, he met with UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, WU Hongbo (right), and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Lenni Montiel.

HANGZHOU, 4 September 2016 – Director General LI Yong attended the B20 Summit on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, together with the heads of other international organizations including Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group. The B20 is an outreach group of G20 which represents the international business community. Bringing together business leaders from across the globe, the B20 reflects the private sector's role as the driver of strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth.

Fourth G20 Sherpa Meeting

HANGZHOU, 1 September 2016 – Director General LI Yong met with the sherpas of Russia and the Republic of Korea, on the margins of the fourth G20 Sherpa Meeting. The 2016 G20 Summit will be held from 4 to 5 September in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

HANGZHOU, 1 September 2016 – On the margins of the fourth G20 Sherpa Meeting, Director General LI Yong met with the Argentinian Sherpa. Argentina will take on the G20 Presidency in 2018, following Germany, which will hold the G20 Presidency in 2017.

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