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General Conference, 15th session, Lima, Peru, 2 to 6 December 2013

The General Conference is the highest policymaking organ of UNIDO. Since becoming a specialized agency in 1985, UNIDO has hosted the General Conference away from its Vienna headquarters only twice: in Bangkok, Thailand (1987) and in Yaoundé, Cameroon (1993). By having convened the fifteenth session of the Conference in Lima, UNIDO again reached out to its Member States, shifting its presence to where it is most active and also most needed – the regions themselves. The Conference gave Member States the opportunity to renew their commitment to inclusive and sustainable industrial development and to strengthen cooperation among regions, including South-South cooperation. During the Conference, Member States underlined their commitment to inclusive and sustainable industrial development in a political declaration - the Lima Declaration.

In the context of the discussions about the future of international development, the Conference highlighted the role of industry in inclusive and sustainable development and the need for new partnerships. The discussions and the above-mentioned Lima Declaration emphasized the centrality of UNIDO in the post-2015 development agenda.

Schedule of events

Download the conference agenda for the overall schedule of events, including special and side events, as well as social events.

Participation in the General Conference

The UNIDO General Conference was attended by high-level delegations from Member States including a Head of State and Government, Ministers and other high-level government officials from around the world, as well as senior representatives of other United Nations organizations, and prominent leaders from the private sector, civil society and academia.

The UNIDO General Conference thus provided a unique, global and diverse platform. This mix proved a stimulating basis for high-level and captivating debates, identifying issues and trends within the development agenda, and exploring innovative approaches and solutions, as well as underlining the fundamental role of industry for promoting growth and sustainability.

Forum on industrial development issues

Capitalizing on past experience, the fifteenth session of the Conference incorporated both classic panel discussions and UNIDO’s interregional debates into one streamlined programme. The Industrial Development Forum  provided a platform for informed dialogue on the role of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the achievement of broader social and economic development goals.

The Forum discussions provided a critical catalyst for re-invigorating UNIDO’s mandate, and placed inclusive and sustainable industrial development at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda. The discussions explored topics linked to the overall theme and the Lima Declaration, such as partnerships, industry as a Sustainable Development Goal, green industry, job creation strategies, economic diversification and women’s entrepreneurship, and highlighted the adjustments and/or new sustainable development policies that need to be considered in times of rapid change. Furthermore, they explored industrial development in an era when learning, knowledge and connectivity are the basis of value creation and when resources are scarce, consumption patterns are high and the population is increasing. 

Date and Venue

The fifteenth session of the General Conference of UNIDO was held from Monday, 2 December to Friday, 6 December 2013, at the Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center (Calle Las Begonias 450, Lima 27, Peru).

Decisions and resolutions

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GC.15/Inf/4Decisions and resolutions of the General ConferenceArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish

Information for participants

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GC.15/INF/1Information for participantsArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/INF/1/Corr.1Information for participants. CorrigendumArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/INF/1/Corr.2Information for participants. CorrigendumArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish

Journals

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2 December 2013EnglishFrenchSpanish
3 December 2013EnglishFrenchSpanish
4 December 2013EnglishFrenchSpanish
5 December 2013EnglishFrenchSpanish
6 December 2013EnglishFrenchSpanish

Provisional list of participants

Agenda

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GC.15/1Provisional agendaArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/1/Add.1Annotated provisional agendaArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish

List of documents

Documents

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GC.15/2Report of the Industrial Development Board on the work of its fortieth session (20-22 November 2012)ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/3Report of the Industrial Development Board on the work of its forty-first session (24-26 June 2013)ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/4Forum on industrial development issuesArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/5UNIDO activities related to energyArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/6UNIDO activities related to the environmentArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/7UNIDO activities related to agribusiness, trade and job creationArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/8UNIDO activities in support of least developed countriesArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/9UNIDO activities in cooperation with middle-income countriesArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/10Matters related to intergovernmental, non-governmental, governmental and other organizationsArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/11Financial situation of UNIDOArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/12Candidatures for the appointment of an External AuditorArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/13Lima Declaration: Towards inclusive and sustainable industrial developmentArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/14Unutilized balances of appropriationsArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/15Lists of States included in Annex I to the Constitution of UNIDOArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
GC.15/16Report of the Main CommitteeArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish