• Speech at the 100th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Brussels, 10 December 2014

    ACP countries are also Member States of UNIDO. I am glad to see that our ACP–UNIDO cooperation has intensified over the years and I hope this trend will continue. The cooperation between UNIDO and ACP Nations is essential to achieve the promise of “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development” and to create the conditions for achieving prosperity and sustainability for all, and especially the most vulnerable, in the post-2015 era.

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  • Statement at the Closing of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Vienna, 26 November 2014

    Your support and leadership, combined with the enthusiasm for our renewed mandate of ISID, were the fuel, were the energy, to our success in addressing these priorities. Now it is my turn to encourage you to continue to support UNIDO through a new year, 2015, which will be a very critical year for the international community: it will be the year in which we will adopt the new SDGs. It will also be a year of critical importance for the future of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

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  • Speech at the Industrial Development Board side event "Towards a transformative post-2015 development agenda: Vision and key challenges", Vienna, 25 November 2014

    This is a critical juncture for the international development community. At the end of next year, a new, transformative development agenda will frame the efforts of nations to progress towards sustainable development. Activities on the post-2015 development agenda are ramping up. For the past three years, Member States have been working intensively to elaborate a post-2015 development framework.

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  • Statement at the Opening of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Vienna, 25 November 2014

    The new development framework will be put in place by the end of 2015, and we need to make sure that UNIDO is fully fit to achieve the challenging mandate and role it is expected to be given within this framework. As we look to the future, the next months will be crucial to establish the right means of implementation of this framework that will allow the transformation we all are striving for.

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  • Speech at Africa Industrialization Day, Vienna, 24 November 2014

    ISID can lay the basis of a strong agro-industrial and agri-business sector that can catalyze the structural, economic and social transformations required to lift vulnerable communities from their precarious conditions. We are gathered today to promote ISID as a critical tool towards developing African Agro-industries for Food security.

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  • Opening Statement at the Global South-South Development Expo, Washington D.C., 17 November 2014

    Southern actors bring a much needed diversity into development cooperation. The diversity of knowledge and technology offered by the global South adds a complementary range of solutions to far-reaching development challenges, often providing alternatives that are more contextually appropriate, affordable and responsive to Southern needs, and without conditionality.

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  • Closing remakrs at UNIDO's second Forum on Partnerships to Scale up Investments for ISID, Vienna, 5 November 2014

    What we sought to achieve in this Forum was to demonstrate how UNIDO can work with partners to support the implementation of Governments’ industrialization strategies. We sought to elaborate, with focused interventions and in an action-oriented manner, how a partnership-based country programme can support our Member States, especially least developed countries.

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  • Opening speech at UNIDO's second Forum on Partnerships to Scale up Investments for ISID, Vienna, 4 November 2014

    Technical assistance cannot remain isolated from the main forces that shape the course of progress in our countries. We need to combine our efforts to enhance the developmental impact of our endeavours. Together we will grow; the partnership will make us stronger. Together we can achieve industrial and sustainable development for all. 

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  • Speech during the East-West Business Forum 2014: Latin America, Prague, 15 October 2014

    Inclusive industrial growth is intended to promote shared prosperity for all segments of society - including youth, women and ethnic minorities - as well as for all regions and countries. By generating employment and income opportunities, inclusive industrial development will contribute to human dignity as well as social equity and cohesion, allowing the development of stable societies, and the achievement of the many developmental objectives of the international community.

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  • Keynote address at the first session of the Efficiency Summit, Verona, 8 October 2014

    To enact an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development we need to better capture and leverage the positive “nexus” between the multi-interdependent factors that define today’s economic and environmental development paths. If we consider sustainable energy, there is a clear need for a new energy paradigm that reconciles the need for economic, industry and prosperity growth with the sustainability of environment and climate for future generations.

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