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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, 23 April 2015 - Director General Li met with Igor Kachanovski, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus.

MINSK, 23 April 2015 - Director General Li met with Dmitry Krutoy, Deputy Minister of Economy of Belarus.

MINSK, 23 April 2015 - Director General Li visited the exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and exchanged conversations with the scientists.

MINSK, 23 April 2015 - Director General Li delivered an opening statement at the High-Level Conference of Middle-Income Countries (MICs).

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

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - During his official visit to Kuwait, the Director General met Rola Dashti, former Minister of Planning and Development.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - During his official visit to Kuwait, the Director General visited the Women Economic Empowerment Center.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - During his official visit to Kuwait, the Director General met with Mohammad M. Al-Zuhair, Executive Chairman of the Board at the National Fund for SMEs Development.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - During his official visit to Kuwait, the Director General met with the Public Authority of Industry.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - The Director General met with Salman Sabah Salem Al Sabah, Minister of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - The Director General met Ali Alghanem, President of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - Director General Li met Mohamed Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabeh, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs of Kuwait.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - Director General Li met Abdulwahab A. Al-Bader, Director General of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

KUWAIT CITY, 14 April 2015 - The Director General met with Anas Khalid Al-Saleh, Minister of Finance of Kuwait.

On mission to Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, 13 April 2015 - Director General LI Yong met with Tawfiq Al Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry of 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, 10 April 2015 - During his official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Director General held a meeting with Jae-hong KIM, President and CEO of the Korea Trade and Investment Promotion Agency.

SEOUL/INCHEON, 10 April 2015 - During his official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Director General met Ju-Young LEE, Member of National Assembly.

SEOUL/INCHEON, 10 April 2015 - During his official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Director General met with WU Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

SEOUL/INCHEON, 9 April 2015 - During his official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Director General also met with representatives of the private sector, among them are Sang-uk Lee, Chairperson of Auto Eco and Hyo-soon Song, Chief Executive Officer of Eco Energy Holdings.

SEOUL/INCHEON, 9 April 2015 - During his official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Director General held a meeting with Do-hoon Kim, President of Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET).

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”.

SEOUL/INCHEON, 9 April 2015 - The Director General met YUN Byung-se, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

SEOUL/INCHEON, 8 April 2015 - The Director General met Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

SEOUL/INCHEON, 8 April 2015 - UNIDO Director General attended a meeting with Young-mok KIM, President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 8 April 2015 - Director General Li met with Moon-soon CHOI, Governor of Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea.