Nov 24 (Reuters) - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Vienna (21-25 November 2016) as government representatives, policy-makers and experts from across the world gather in Austria to mark the occasion and discuss the organization's future.
UNIDO's Director General, LI Yong, says the United Nations specialized agency has achieved so much since it formed in 1966, with a focus on promoting and accelerating industrial development in developing countries.
Looking to the future, LI added that UNIDO can help to create jobs and conditions which might prevent future refugee crises, "Our piloting programme, Programme for Country Partnership, supporting African countries, Ethiopia, Senegal, to focus on the industrial park, special economic zones and agro-industrial parks those are really generating thousands of jobs which will help resolve the issue of the refugees, migrations and at the same time, in the long run, supporting poverty elevation in the region."
Attendees included the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the Chairman of the Bank of China TIAN Guoli, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank JIN Liqun, and the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.
Liqun said his bank, along with UNIDO, would continue to push for industrial development whilst also improving the environment.
"First of all, we embrace the noble cause and great cause of inclusive and sustainable development and this is, in my view, crucially important for so many developing countries on the way to industrialization and development for all. What's most important of all is that we are not going to follow the beaten track of the western countries in the previous centuries. We aim at industrialization at a high level, which means we will improve environment and development at the same time," he said.
Gatilov also spoke on how UNIDO's work can help prevent the conditions in which terrorism can arise and said he hoped the new incoming U.S. government would also devote more attention to organizations like the UN and UNIDO.
Another major topic on the day was female economic empowerment and the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, Sahar Nasr, said women need equal rights, equal opportunities and should be given every opportunity to contribute to the economic sphere.
To improve the quality of life for the world's poor UNIDO focuses on the following themes: creating shared prosperity and ensuring environmental sustainability.
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