Policymakers discuss advanced manufacturing technologies and sustainable development at New York event

Policymakers discuss advanced manufacturing technologies and sustainable development at New York event

NEW YORK, 25 September 2018 - International policymakers from national governments, United Nations Permanent Missions and United Nations entities have gathered to discuss leveraging advanced manufacturing technologies for the future of the global economy, environment and society. The event has been organized by the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS), the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity.

Speaking at the event, UNIDO Director General LI Yong underlined the importance of the GMIS initiative for offering a global perspective and global solutions to a transformative 4IR process. “Over 30 countries have put in place strategic plans for harnessing 4IR based on their comparative advantages. However, these often only focus on one or two strategic sectors: what is needed is a forum addressing all aspects of the technology revolution on a worldwide basis.The GMIS aims to address this gap.”

LI added that the experiences, insights and knowledge shared at the New York event would inform the 2019 GMIS, which will take place next July in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, under the theme of 'nature inspired technologies'.

Badr Al Olama, Head of the GMIS Organizing Committee said: “Although technology is transforming almost every sector, we need a roadmap for our own industry that paves the way for an industrial revolution that is fully inclusive. There are many who remain deprived of the impact of the digital age and we believe that the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit provides a platform for meaningful discussion in this regard. The interest our summit has attracted from all over the world is very encouraging and only serves to bolster our efforts to make the world a better place through the art of ‘making’.”

Mohammed Sharaf Al Hashmi, Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs and Trade of the United Arab Emirates, also addressed the session, stating: “The digital revolution has changed the world we live in. Whilst its benefits in high-tech are obvious, we must remain conscious of not leaving anyone behind. In developing the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity platforms, we aim to bridge this gap – paving the way for a new paradigm for the manufacturing sector and using innovative technological developments to enable global prosperity.”

Vasiliy Sergeevich Osmakov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, also spoke at the event. “The Russian Federation considers GMIS-2019 and the international forum under the auspices of UNIDO - “The Global Forum on Naturally-Based and Convergent Technologies for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development” - taking place from 28-29 September in Sochi as promising platforms for global action to develop and transfer technologies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, enabling production to take the lead in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

Cecilia Ugaz Estrada, Director of the Department of Policy Research and Statistics of UNIDO, concluded the session, noting the necessary investments in human capital required to drive 4IR, and the need to support governments and empower them as they sit in the driving seat of development. “Partnerships with the private sector and other stakeholders can help drive progress in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and we are willing to work together to make society and the world a better place.”

GMIS is a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Arab Emirates that aims to leverage advanced manufacturing technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for sustainable development, in full alignment with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) Initiative for Global Prosperity is a GMIS initiative that aims to mobilize the global “maker” movement to catalyze advanced manufacturing solutions to the world’s most pressing development challenges. The MBR Initiative addresses four global thematic challenges: sustainable energy; digital literacy and the digital divide; sustainable cities; and rural transformation and zero hunger.