GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit breaks new ground, hosts country and multilateral leaders

GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit breaks new ground, hosts country and multilateral leaders

VIENNA, 7 September - Policymakers, private sector leaders, and representatives of the research community and civil society participated in the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation (GMIS) 2020 Virtual Summit from 4-5 September, to reflect on “glocalization: towards inclusive and sustainable value chains”. The GMIS initiative is co-chaired by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates and provides a platform for dialogue, partnership and action on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

GMIS 2020 featured addresses from a plethora of heads of state and government and multilateral leaders.

The President of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, stressed the importance of the United Nations for global development and also of the reform of multilateral institutions, as well as stressing that small countries could advance through science, technology and educational investments.

Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, noted the importance of industrialization for his country’s economic development, and highlighted the role of UNIDO in contributing to the development of industrialization, innovation and technology, as well as the development and linking of value chains, to promote economic growth in developing countries in the region and the world.

Nevin Gamea, Minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt, representing President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, stressed the role of industrialization in Egypt’s national sustainable development strategy and the importance of its cooperation with UNIDO, particularly in the context of the UNIDO Programme for Country Partnership (PCP).

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, noted the transformative potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for improving the economy, but also warned of the need to address longer-term social issues.

UNIDO’s Director General LI Yong provided an opening address in which he stressed the need to meet both the opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through strong collaboration, while ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao emphasized the necessity of connecting developing countries through digitalization. On a similar note, Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, noted the crucial nature of technological development for future sustainability.

GMIS 2020 saw the creation of several working groups - a new GMIS element to build on the discussions through formulating new partnerships, cooperation initiatives and knowledge outputs to tackle issues arising from advanced innovations. These working groups will address respectively a Global Initiative on Future Industrial Safety; an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Performance Index; promoting a gender-responsive and inclusive Fourth Industrial Revolution; and a Fellowship Working Group, addressing youth leadership.

Following the high-level dialogue held during GMIS 2020, the working groups formulated a number of recommendations and action points outlining the way forward. These working groups will continue supporting the discussions and workstreams on their respective thematic areas to promote and contribute towards an inclusive and sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution.  

Another major outcome of the Summit was the announcement of a decarbonization legacy initiative called The Green Chain, developed in cooperation with German partners and UNIDO, and aiming to promote the use of green energy within global industry, especially with respect to hydrogen solutions.

In the closing address, Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Managing Director, UNIDO noted the path forward for GMIS to influence the trajectory of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is through mechanisms like the thematic working groups or the legacy Initiative on decabornization of industry that GMIS will move from discussion to decisive action and towards shared prosperity within the future of manufacturing.

Subsequent to the Summit, a series of high-level webinars will take place from September to December 2020 addressing a variety of thematic issues including the spill-overs to gender; SMEs and investment; the decarbonization of industry; and regional sessions focusing on Europe and Central Asia; Latin America; the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.

More details about the GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit can be found on the GMIS website.

For further information, contact:

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento,

Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, UNIDO