Milestone UNIDO General Conference adopts historic Abu Dhabi Declaration

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(Abu Dhabi) – The 18th Session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, General Conference in Abu Dhabi has drawn to a close after five days of progress, developments and renewed determination towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 3rd to 7th November 2019, the 18th edition of the biennial event united UNIDO’s Member States, under the theme of ‘Industry 2030 – Innovate. Connect. Transform our Future’.

UAE’s historic hosting marked only the fourth time the UNIDO General Conference has been held outside its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and its first staging in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Andry Rajoelina, President of the Republic of Madagascar described the UAE as a symbol of transformation, modernisation and “one of the world’s great destinations”.

President Rajoelina also praised the UAE’s success in maximising industrial and economic opportunities, citing the country as a “monument to modernism”.

He added that the UAE serves as a great example to the rest of the world by showing that “with vision, work, and determination, everything is possible.”

The General Conference welcomed 1700 attendees including country Presidents, Ministers of Industry, Trade, and Economy, 580 diplomats and leading officials from around the world, senior representatives of UNIDO and other United Nations organisations, and prominent private sector, civil society and academia leaders. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy & Industry was announced President of the General Conference in the presence of Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar, Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, and Jotham Napat Nauka, Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO said: “As we enter the last decade to achieve the 2030 Agenda, inclusive and sustainable industrial development needs a strong UNIDO delivering on its functions in a reinvigorated multilateral system. Increased international cooperation and involvement of the private sector are crucial. The call for action is real. Member States, the United Nations and its specialised agencies, and all partners need to speed up implementation and improve coordination. I am also very pleased that with the Abu Declaration you are giving us a very clear direction, drawing attention to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the need to harness its potential while minimising its risks.”

The 18th Session of the UNIDO General Conference adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration, which calls on the private sector to form a coalition towards advancing inclusive and sustainable industrial development and achieve global prosperity.