• 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.

  • Welcome remarks at the opening of the cultural week of China's Silk Road Economic Belt, Vienna, 6 October 2014

    This event of today gives us all a better understanding of the true meaning and spirit of the Silk Road, and bears testimony to the deep rooted and far reaching efforts of our ancestors to connect with other people and nations in order to create mutual prosperity.

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  • Speech at the Third EU-UNIDO High Level Review Meeting, Vienna, 6 October 2014

    To start with, I would like to express my great satisfaction with our partnership. Over the past ten years we have jointly supported almost 110 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and its neighborhood through global, regional and country programmes. Our partnership has contributed to poverty reduction through wealth and job creation and helped to preserve the environment and the climate through green industry interventions.

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  • Opening remakrs at the Green Industry Platform’s Advisory Board meeting, New York, 22 September 2014

    Today’s meeting is being held on the eve of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, and at a time in which our future development trajectory is being charted through the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Major intergovernmental decisions such as these will significantly shape the future operating environment, and the purpose, of initiatives like the Green Industry Platform.

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  • Lecture at the Columbia School of Engineering/School of Public Administration (SEPA), New York, 22 September 2014

    In today's dialogue, you asked me to address the "Role of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda". Thank you for choosing such a pertinent and timely topic - for all countries, industrializing and industrialized countries alike.

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  • Opening remarks at the Maritime Silk Road Forum in Xiamen, China, 8 September 2014

    The concept of the renewed maritime Silk Road is intended to strengthen the links between established and emerging economies through facilitated trade and upgraded infrastructure. This strongly echoes the values and precepts which UNIDO promotes through its mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. Through the transfer of not only goods and money, but also of knowledge, technology, and know-how, the benefits of economic cooperation will become tangible to everyone.

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  • Speech at the opening of the 18th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), Xiamen, China, 8 September 2014

    Industrial parks have successfully been used as a testing ground for new reforms, policies, and approaches, to improve the business environment, as demonstrated in many East Asian countries. When these countries had limited resources, industrial parks helped solve business infrastructure problems in particular geographical areas and were used to overcome barriers to firm entry, attract foreign direct investment, foster skilled manpower, and facilitate the growth of local SME clusters.

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  • Speaking at the opening ceremony of the fourth China-Eurasia Expo “Jointly build the silk road economic belt in an open and cooperative way”, Urumqi, China, 1 September 2014

    I believe that the principles of ISID must be embedded in the plans for the Silk Road Economic Belt. The concept of building such an Economic Belt was put forward by President Xi Jinping of China during his state visit in September 2013 to four central Asian countries. His proposal was positively received by the leaders of these countries. Since then, the concept has been growing in popularity.

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  • Speech at the Briefing to Permanent Missions on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the second UNIDO ISID Forum, Vienna, 23 July 2o14

    I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the positioning of UNIDO and our mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in the post-2015 processes, and on the current status of the ISID campaign. In addition, I would also like to provide you with some advance information on the second forum that we are planning to host later this year in connection with our efforts to operationalize the implementation of ISID through a partnership-based approach.

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  • Closing speech on the occasion of the UNIDO Forum on Strategies and Instruments for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development(ISID), Vienna, 24 June 2014

    Invaluable insights have also been given by the practitioners, the private sector, regional groupings and our sister UN agencies. I am indebted to you all. UNIDO has received very positive feedback throughout the Forum and we can all be very proud of the high quality of the discussions.

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