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    UNIS/OUS/244
    25 June 2014

    Re-issued as received

    First UNIDO Forum on strategies and instruments for inclusive and sustainable industrial development ends in Vienna

    VIENNA, 24 June 2014 (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)  - Over 300 participants, including ministers and government officials, representatives of UNIDO Member States and experts in the field, attended the First UNIDO Forum on strategies and instruments for achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development that ended in Vienna today.

    The opening session featured a panel discussion that included Celestin Monga, Senior Advisor/Director, World Bank; Robert H. Wade, Professor of Political Economy and Development, London School of Economics, Justin Yifu Lin, Honorary Dean at the National School of Development, Peking University; Li Yong, the Director General of UNIDO; Hamidou Tchiana, State Minister, Minister of Mining and Industrial Development, Niger; and Michael Böheim, Senior Expert for Industry Policy and Competition Policy, Austrian Institute of Economic Research.

    The two-day event initiated 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.

    Read Director General Li's speech

    The Forum aimed at supporting UNIDO's role as a facilitator of knowledge and advice on policies and strategies towards achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

    Photos from the Forum on Flickr.

    The Second Forum is planned for October. It will focus on mobilizing relevant stakeholders in order to 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.

    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 the Agenda of the 23-24 June event, please go here

    Information on the five sessions of the First Forum is also available: Session 1, Session 2Session 3, Session 4, Session 5

    For more information on UNIDO's vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, please see

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    For more information on the Forum, please contact:

    Olga Memedovic
    Chief, UNIDO Europe and NIS Programme
    Email: Olga.Memedovic[at]unido.org