PARIS, 11 November 2018 – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, today joined more than 60 heads of state for the opening of the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which aims to strengthen international cooperation to tackle global challenges and ensure durable peace.
An initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron, the three-day event gathers key global governance actors, including representatives of governments, international organizations, NGOs, the private sector and trade unions, to discuss solutions such as multilateral institutions, norms and standards, and collective action. It also presents concrete governance projects related to peace and security, environment, development, new technologies and inclusive economy.
“We need an inclusive multilateralism that is closely related to civil society and the business community,” said United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, following addresses from President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The event also aims to explore solutions for accelerating the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The fight against global inequalities must serve as the guiding compass for the work of multilateral organizations. It is central to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals,” Guterres added.
The 2030 Agenda recognizes the importance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development and the contribution of UNIDO to the realization of the SDGs.
UNIDO supports the restoration of economic activities and empowerment of communities affected by crises, and strengthens the capacities of governments and small and medium-sized enterprises to apply human rights principles and business ethics to industrial development.
“Industry is vital for job creation, sustainable livelihoods, food security and inclusive growth, and, ultimately, for eradicating poverty,” said UNIDO Director General Li. “In order to allow a better life and prosperity for the millions who remain excluded from a dignified human existence, the world needs to grow its industries in an inclusive, sustainable and resilient manner.”
“UNIDO remains committed to working with its Member States and key development stakeholders to advance industrialization and foster stability and peace around the world,” Li added.
The Forum was organized by the Körber Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Institut français des relations internationales, the Institut Montaigne, Sciences Po and the French Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs.
Find out more about the event here: https://parispeaceforum.org/