UNIDO Director General at the EU Industry Days

Brussels, 5 February 2019 – Director General LI Yong took part in the high level panel podium discussion on Industry and the Future of Globalization jointly with Jyrki Katainen, EU Commissioner for Industry and Internal Market, Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists Chairman of Volvo, and Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the International Trade Center.

Brussels, 5 February 2019 – Director General LI Yong met with Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. The Director General highlighted the hard work that has been done by UNIDO in cooperation with DG DEVCO in the last years, which has contributed to developing a solid private sector, safeguarding the environment and creating multi-stakeholder partnerships.  The next EU-UNIDO High Level Review Meeting with Neven Mimica was discussed, and the intention to further deepen the partnership between the two organizations expressed. Neven Mimica also proposed to organise the next EU – UNIDO High-Level Review Meeting in May 2019.

Brussels, 5 February 2019 – Director General LI Yong met with Patrick I. Gomes, Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. The Director General expressed his intentions to further expand the UNIDO-ACP cooperation, and highlighted that the joint partnership has benefitted the ACP countries in many ways and areas. The ACP Secretary General and UNIDO Director General are looking forward to the ACP-UNIDO High Level Symposium to be held in May 2019. The Secretary General also requested UNIDO’s technical assistance to support the ACP Secretariat in the framework of the ACP negotiations for the Post Cotonou Partnership Agreement between ACP-EU.

Brussels, 5 February 2019 - Director General LI Yong met with Lotte Knudsen, Managing Director of Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues at the European External Action Service, and Ellis Matthews, Head of Division - Multilateral Relations. The Director General reaffirmed UNIDO’s commitment to continue and increase its partnership with the EU. The two organizations will continue to further explore new avenues of cooperation, such as the internationalization process of EU enterprises. The Director General also expressed his conviction that the joint efforts undertaken can help in attaining the SDGs and the European Consensus on Development. The EEAS Managing Director assured the availability of EU delegations and to further discuss during the EU-UNIDO High Level Review Meeting in May 2019.