Speeches

  • Opening remarks at the 4th Green Industry Conference, Ulsan, Republic of Korea, 28 June 2016

    We need to learn from smart, sustainable and resource efficient cities. We must also be less wasteful and more efficient in our use of man-made and natural resources, if we are to achieve a circular economy in which industrial systems regenerate themselves by design. Resource efficiency − encompassing cleaner production, greater use of renewable energies, smart city planning, information and communication technologies, and infrastructure improvements – is vital to this objective.

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  • Statement on the occasion of Africa Day, Vienna, 30 May 2016

    This year’s timely topic coincides with the first year of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This universal and inclusive agenda rests on three pillars: human rights; peace and security; and development. The centrality of human rights, particularly gender equality, to peace, security and development cannot be over-emphasised.

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  • Statement on the occasion of the Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs, Antalya, 27 May 2016

    This Conference represents a timely platform to take stock of achievements and remaining impediments to achieving the IPoA goals. It is an opportunity to launch concrete initiatives to reach these goals, elaborate on how to further strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable graduation of LDCs, and reaffirm the global commitment to further and more comprehensively address the specific needs of world’s most vulnerable countries.

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  • Opening speech at the private sector forum on investment opportunities in LDCs, Antalya, 26 May 2016

    Investment plays a central role in poverty eradication, by increasing the productive capacity of the economy and employment. A viable business model provides incentives for all firms — small, medium and large, as well as micro enterprises — to invest productively, create jobs, introduce and expand the use of new technologies that can serve to increase the productivity and sustainability of other factors of production.

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  • Keynote speech at a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 23 May

    This Side Event is particularly important because it will allow us to touch upon fundamental issues being discussed at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit - the nexus between humanitarian assistance and development and the new partnerships with all stakeholders that are necessary in crisis contexts, including with the private sector.

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  • Statement on the occasion of the Group of 77 Handover Ceremony, Vienna, 11 February 2016

    It is my great pleasure to be with you here today for the second handover ceremony of the Group of 77 since I have assumed office. First of all, allow me to congratulate Ambassador Simon Madjumo MARUTA on his election as the Chairperson of the Group for 2016. I also wish to thank Ambassador ANDEREYA of Chile for his commendable leadership as Chair of the G-77 Vienna Chapter during 2015.

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  • Opening remarks at the 16th Session of the UNIDO General Conference, Vienna, 30 November 2015

    Two years after the adoption of the Lima Declaration, we can proudly say that much has been achieved. With the guidance we received from you, our Member States, UNIDO has been able to navigate through uncharted waters, and sail safely and with reinvigorated spirit towards new opportunities ahead.

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  • Opening remarks at the LDC Ministerial Conference 2015, Vienna, 26 November 2015

    The theme of this year’s Conference is “Operationalizing Inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID)for LDCs: The Path to Graduation and Beyond”. The Conference occurs at a time when the International Community has just adopted 2030 Agenda along with its Sustainable Development Goals,among which SDG 9 focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation.

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  • Statement at the Africa Industrialization Day 2015, Vienna, 20 November 2015

    Only when the potentials of women and youth are maximized and they are able to fully engage both economically and socially will the continent achieve the socio-economic transformations it is striving towards.

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  • Welcoming remarks at the special event on "Operationalization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Africa’s Industrialization", New York, 26 September 2015

    This time, the 2030 Agenda has both the ambition and the realism to tackle these challenges in a new, holistic and universal manner. It is clear that we will only be able to find effective long-term solutions to ending poverty, inequality and environmental disruption if all nations, regardless of their income level, work together to implement the SDGs in an integrated manner.

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