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  • Global announcement at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, 1 September 2015

    It is high time to reach an international consensus by all stakeholders in the form of a Global Declaration that addresses the challenges facing global industrial and manufacturing development, and how inclusive and sustainable industrialization can improve the livelihood of us all.

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  • Closing remarks during UNIDO's Third ISID Forum, Addis Ababa, 14 July 2015

    Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, thank you for your continued support. UNIDO is proud to work in close cooperation with the broader United Nations System and all bilateral and multilateral development partners towards the realization of our ISID mandate.

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  • Opening speech during UNIDO's Third ISID Forum, Addis Ababa, 14 July 2015

    The crucial challenge that the global community has gathered here in Addis Ababa to address is how to finance the achievement of the SDGs. In my view, this challenge is so immense that no single entity or institution will be able to overcome it on their own. I firmly believe that it can only be resolved through effective multi-stakeholder partnerships bringing together all the major players in the development process, including governments, and bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

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  • Speech during the 5th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers, Moscow, 7 July 2015

    UNIDO gives great emphasis to enhancing its collaboration with the BRICS and has developed extensive technical cooperation programmes with each BRICS country individually. At the same time, tangible efforts have been made to elaborate a more purposeful and broader approach to engagement with the BRICS as a group, and to develop a diversified range of strategic cooperation activities with these countries.

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  • Opening remarks at the 43rd session of the Industrial Development Board, 23 June 2015, Vienna

    From my election and the adoption of the historic Lima Declaration in 2013, we have now reached a point where our common vision of “ISID” has found its way into the mainstream global development policy of the United Nations - the post-2015 development agenda. We are now on the final stretch of our collective efforts towards this new sustainable development framework...

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  • Opening remarks on the occasion of Vienna Energy Forum 2015, 18 June 2015, Vienna

    This is the fourth edition of this Forum. Over the years, this event has provided a platform for thought leaders, policy-makers, academics, the private sector and civil society from around the world to shape the energy agenda at the global-level. Indeed, this Forum is the only one where we discuss energy and development issues holistically. Our previous discussions at past Vienna Energy Forums have contributed significantly to setting the direction of the global agenda on energy and development.

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  • Speech on the occasion of the 19th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, 18 June 2015, St. Petersburg

    It is a special privilege and a great pleasure for me to address you today at this very important Forum in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg.I would like to thank the organizers of this notable event and specifically His Excellency, Mr. Sergey Prikhodko, Deputy Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation, for giving me the opportunity to exchange views with you today on the subject of green growth and the economics of climate change.

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  • Remarks at the annual WAIPA World Investment Conference during Expo Milan 2015, 16 June 2015, Milan

    We have gathered today to discuss how to ensure that every person in the world can have adequate access to food. Of course, this concern is at the heart of the mandates and missions of the Rome-based UN agencies. But, it is very close to our mission at UNIDO as well, and we work very closely with the Rome-based agencies in helping to meet this global objective. In fact, as of November last year, we have been invited to join the Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on Food and Security. We t

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  • Opening remarks at the 2015 International Food Safety Forum, Beijing, 15 June 2015

    UNIDO has a strong track record in promoting food safety, working along the entire food processing value chain. This begins by upgrading the operations of agro-processors to meet relevant food safety standards. It further includes the strengthening the quality infrastructure of relevant inspection and certification services. 

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  • Speech at Africa Day Celebration, Vienna, 26 May 2015

    This year’s Africa day celebration brings about a renewed opportunity to reinforce the partnership for prosperity between African countries, the African Union and the United Nations family.

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