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Launch of the Industrial Development Report 2022

  • General Information
  • Background
  • Key objectives
  • When: 1 December 2021 at 3 – 4.30 p.m. (CET)

    Where: The event will be accessible online through the Interprefy platform and will be open to participants registered to the Conference. Non-registered participants will be able to follow the livestream on the UNIDO website. 

    Target participants: Policy makers, practitioners and academics from developing countries.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the global economy in a way no other crisis has in recent history. The latest global projections for 2020 depict a gloomy scenario, with unprecedented employment losses of 225 million jobs relative to 2019, a drop in global GDP of 3.3 per cent, and around 120 million additional people living in poverty. The current crisis is expected to revert years of progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has not been the same across all countries. While some countries have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, reporting extremely high COVID-19 mortality rates (per million), others have managed to keep the number of deaths associated with the virus relatively low. By the same token, the deceleration in economic activity throughout 2020 and 2021 has been heterogeneous across countries and regions.

    Why have some countries weathered this crisis better than others? And what lessons can be gleaned from these countries for the future of industrialization? The IDR 2022 seeks to answer these two guiding questions.

    During the launch event of the report, the main findings and messages will be presented and then discussed with a panel of prominent experts on the field of industrial development. The event aims to help stimulate thinking on future courses of action to build back better from the crisis in terms of policymaking, development practices, research and advocacy.

  • Launch UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2022 and stimulate discussion on the actions that the international community should take to achieve an inclusive, sustainable and resilient industrial recovery to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Confirmed speakers

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  • LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

    KUNIYOSHI Hiroshi

    Deputy to the Director General and the Managing Director of External Relations and Policy Research
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Hiroshi Kuniyoshi is the Deputy to the Director General and the Managing Director of External Relations and Policy Research at UNIDO. He was previously Head of the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked closely with Japanese industries in areas related to technology transfer and investments to devel... Read More

  • Prof. Jeffrey Sachs is University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been Advisor to thre... Read More

    Prof. Xiaolan Fu is Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) and Professor of Technology and International Development, University of Oxford. Her research interests include innovation, technology policy and management; foreign direct investment and economic development; innovation collaboration, digital techn... Read More

    KENEWENDO Bogolo

    Global Economist, Fmr Minister of Trade and Industry of Botswana
    Kenewendo Advisory

    Bogolo Kenewendo is an African economist, Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory and the former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana. She is a member of the United Nations Secretary-General High-Level Panel on digital cooperation and group on Financing for Development, a m... Read More

    Victoria Hernández Mora is the Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce of the Republic of Costa Rica. Previously, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Costa Rica and researcher at the Development Observatory of the University of Costa Rica on issues related to environment, SMEs, management models, financing, social b... Read More