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Under Italian Presidency UNIDO General Conference closed in Vienna

VIENNA, DECEMBER 1 – Under the presidency of Ambassador Debora Lepre, the Italian Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Organizations in Vienna, the 20th General Conference of UNIDO closed today. “Our discussions here this week have made it clear what is needed: investments in infrastructure, sustainable energy systems, and food security, and investments in green technologies, digitalization, artificial intelligence, education, and the empowerment of women,” UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller said in his closing remarks.

“The Italian Presidency heartily thanks the delegations for engaging constructively in the discussion”, said Lepre, with a very special mention to the Secretariat and to Müller himself for the outstanding collaboration.

“I appreciate the Member States’ vision and support for the future of UNIDO, as we see in the resolutions adopted: UNIDO is your partner for the future. We will further strengthen our organization and create new partnerships”, said the Director General, whose opening speech set the tone with a call for more global solidarity. “We need to rethink the global economy. We need new rules for globalization – to foster fairer globalization with development opportunities for all. The industrialized countries must fulfill their promises and commitments.”

UNIDOSubsequently, an array of global leaders took the floor, both physically and virtually. In his speech, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highlighted the potential of inclusive and sustainable industrialization in creating shared global prosperity.

Paula Narváez, President of the UN ECOSOC, emphasized the role of sustainable industrialization in economic growth, while Dennis Francis, President of the UN General Assembly, commended UNIDO for delivering on knowledge sharing, technology transfer, and capacity building.

The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, underscored UNIDO’s crucial role in addressing global challenges and amplifying the voices of smaller nations.

The first of a series of debates and discussions, the Industrial Innovation Forum, convened high-level speakers from governments, industry, academia and financial institutions. Together, they identified tangible solutions to shared challenges, including food system transformation, fostering sustainable supply chains, and addressing the threats posed by climate change.

A discussion on the green hydrogen transition made clear the potential to reshape the global energy landscape. It highlighted the environmental benefits as well as the challenges involved, pointing out the need to significantly scale-up green hydrogen production.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women are priorities at UNIDO, and the gender event highlighted industry’s role, exploring government, private sector, and stakeholder contributions. It showcased women as agents of change and included the presentation of UNIDO’s Gender Equality Mobilization Award.

Experts and delegates gathered for a panel discussion on responsible mining, focusing on the need for sustainability and innovation in the critical minerals field. Speakers advocated for a global alliance supporting responsible mining practices.

UNIDOThe General Conference saw a high-level debate prompted by the key findings of UNIDO’s flagship publication: the Industrial Development Report. The Report presents model solutions for developing countries, such as supply chain development in the green minerals sector, skills development for local digital solutions to improve advanced manufacturing, and strategically fortifying trade infrastructure to attract Foreign Direct Investment.

The General Conference saw a strong participation of stakeholders from governments, academia, the private sector and knowledge-based institutions. Five hundred and ninety-two delegates took part in the Conference, including 28 government ministers, and they were joined by representatives of 66 non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and private sector partners. All attended with one common goal: to discuss the path forward for a fairer globalization and prosperous future where all enjoy the benefits of sustainable industrial development. (@OnuItalia)


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