Africa Industrialization Day 2014

Africa Industrialization Day 2014

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will host a symposium in Vienna on 24 November to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day and showcase relevant actions and success stories that promote Africa’s industrial development.

The annual commemoration of the Africa Industrialization Day was mandated by the UN General Assembly resolution 44/237 of 22 December 1989. This year UNIDO will convene a symposium under the theme “Inclusive and sustainable industrial development: African agro industry for food security”. It will bring together representatives from the diplomatic corps, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders.

This year theme is particularly important as the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government declared 2014 the Year of Agriculture and Food Security.

Moreover, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, which advocates for agriculture and food security to be at the centre of the development agenda at all levels.

The UNIDO symposium will allow experts to discuss issues related to agriculture and food security in line with the Organization’s new mandate that focuses on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

The event will be held at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) from 15:00 to 17:30, in Board Room D, 4th floor (C-Building), and will be followed by a cocktail reception at the VIC restaurant.

Watch "Africa Industrialization Day 2014 - African Agro Industry for Food Security" video here 

Read the Secretary-General's message on Africa Industrialization day in English, FrenchSpanishRussianChinese and Arabic.

Read UNIDO Director General's speech here.

Read the Africa Industrialization Day (AID) Programme in English and French.

Read the list of panelists in English and French

Read working paper "Agribusinesses’ contribution to food security" in English and French.

Read the AUC/ECA/UNIDO Joint Statement in English and French.

Read the 2013 Africa Industrialization Day Report in English and French.

For more information on the Africa Industrialization Day, please contact:

Bashir Condé
UNIDO Programme Officer
Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-3602