World Women Leaders Talk

Date: Monday, 27 November 2017

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Venue: Plenary Hall (M-building, first floor)


This high-level panel discussion underlines the relevance of political leadership to advance the well-being of nations and people. It will set the tone for the entire Conference and also foreshadow some of the events, by including specific reference to Circular Economy, industry 4.0 and IDDA3.


Agreement on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also represents an agreement on a vision of inclusive societies that provide equal opportunities to all. In fulfilling its ISID mandate, UNIDO has shown that there is clear evidence underlining the strong connection between industrialization and the three basic dimensions of human development: standard of living, education and health. There is also evidence for the environmental performance of economies: the higher the degree of industrial development, the more likely is the application of energy saving measures and the use of environmentally friendly technologies in those countries.

In short, on every important measure, whether adjusted or not adjusted for inequality and environmental sustainability, human development is greater in industrialized countries. Therefore, the implementation of the Lima Declaration towards more ISID is a cornerstone in the achievement of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.

Despite these obvious benefits for the well-being of people and countries, the implementation of the SDGs and in particular Goal 9, “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”, through ISID does not receive the awareness and support by the international community that it merits. As a result, the support needed for the necessary strengthening of productive capacities and industries in developing countries, and the required global restructuring of industries towards an inclusive and sustainable approach is not commensurate with the challenges ahead. Here, the United Nations, and in particular UNIDO, can play a pivotal role for its Member States, but it needs to be supported and equipped adequately by the international community to fulfil its role in an ever more unequal and environmentally stressed world.

The World Women Leaders Talk opens the General Conference, highlighting the issues mentioned and underlining the required political leadership and guidance at the highest level, if those challenges are to be met. It will feature a number of high-level women in the world of politics, who will discuss these issues from a political perspective.

Issues to be addressed

- The role of political leadership for the advancement of the 2030 Agenda;

- The need for enhancing industrialization as one of the cornerstones of development and social well-being in economies, and for people and societies as a whole;

- The role of innovation and education, training and learning as the foundation for any economic and social advancement of countries in the twenty-first century;

- The need to focus on policies to reduce economic and social inequalities within and among countries as the foundation for peace and stability; and

- The pivotal role of the United Nations, and UNIDO in particular, to support Member States in pursuit of policies and strategies for inclusive and sustainable development.


President of the Republic of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations in Vienna and President of the 17th Session of the UNIDO General Conference, Ms. Alena Kupchyna
Director General of UNIDO Mr. LI Yong


Managing Director of Policy and Programme Support at UNIDO, Ms. Fatou Haidara


International Broadcaster, Ms. Zeinab Badawi

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO's Policymaking Organs Secretariat