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    UNIS/OUS/241
    10 June 2014

    Re-issued as received

    UNIDO to hold two forums in 2014 on strategies and instruments for inclusive and sustainable industrial development

    VIENNA, 10 June 2014 - To support UNIDO's role as a facilitator of knowledge and advice on policies and strategies towards achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the Director General of UNIDO, Li Yong, has announced plans to convene two global forums in 2014.

    The first forum, to be held from 23 to 24 June at the Vienna International Centre, will initiate a strategic dialogue drawing on international expertise and regional knowledge with UNIDO Member States, development agencies, and other developed and developing countries on ways to operationalize inclusive and sustainable industrial development strategies and policies.

    The second forum in October will focus on mobilizing relevant stakeholders in order develop a portfolio of concrete partnership opportunities on establishing soft and hard infrastructure, such as industrial parks, in several countries where UNIDO has already been implementing activities and accumulating relevant knowledge.

    "These forums will serve as a platform for the exchange of best practices in pursuing inclusive and sustainable industrial development strategies and applying instruments such as new generation of industrial parks, zones and cities," said Director General Li Yong.

    "We will showcase UNIDO's work related to inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and assert the Organization's role in promoting smart policies and innovative business models in this respect. The forums will also integrate UNIDO policy advice and clusters of technical assistance projects for more effective delivery of services, and help mobilize resources to expand UNIDO's role in delivering integrated solutions through partnership with governments, UN agencies, bilateral development agencies, DFIs and the private sector."

    The concept of inclusive and sustainable industrial development was endorsed by UNIDO Member States through the Lima Declaration during the 15th session of the Organization's General Conference held in Lima, Peru, in December 2013.

    For more information on UNIDO's vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, please see http://www.unido.org/en/who-we-are/structure/directorgeneral/vision.html

    Journalists are invited to cover the forums. Please pre-register for the 23 June event by contacting:

    Ravindra Wickremasinghe
    UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Assistant
    Tel: +43-1-26026-5022
    Email:
    r.wickremasinghe[at]unido.org