VIENNA, 28 November 2018 – The 46th session the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which inter alia reviews the implementation of the UNIDO work programme and makes policy recommendations to the General Conference welcomed the offer by the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to host the next General Conference and decided to hold the eighteenth session of the General Conference in Abu Dhabi, from 3 to 7 November 2019.
Since becoming a specialized agency, the UNIDO General Conference was hosted away from its Vienna Headquarters only three times: in Bangkok, Thailand (1987); in Yaoundé, Cameroon (1993); in Lima, Peru (2013); and now in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2019). The General Conference will be preceded by UNIDO’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Ministerial Conference, which will also be hosted in Abu Dhabi.
“We highly appreciate the generous offer of the Government of the United Arab Emirates to host the eighteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in Abu Dhabi”, said UNIDO Director General LI Yong. “I look forward to further strengthening our ties, especially since UNIDO and the United Arab Emirates UAE share the commitment to take a transformational approach towards shaping the future of manufacturing and jointly co-chair the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS)”.
“Spreading global prosperity is deeply instilled in the UAE and unlocking the potential of the manufacturing sector will support our efforts”, said UAE Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei. “However, the lines are blurred between the physical, digital, and biological spheres: the developments that the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings must be exploited to ensure prosperity is shared across all societies, particularly in developing countries”.
UNIDO and the UAE have a long-standing partnership and both serve as co-chairs for the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), the world’s first cross-industry platform that gathers leaders from public and private sectors as well as civil society to harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s transformation of manufacturing to the regeneration of the global economy.