Minister Luveni Addresses UNIDO General Conference in Peru
Fiji's Minister for Women, Dr Jiko Luveni, addressed the UNIDO General Conference in Lima, Peru today. Speaking in Fiji's capacity as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Minister Luveni's statement followed on directly after the speeches given by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Ollanto Humala of Peru.
The theme of the UNIDO General Conference is "Towards Partnerships for a New Industrial Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth." The conference was opened by the President of the Republic of Peru, Ollanto Humala Tasso.
Minister Luveni told the assembly that as the world approaches the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the international community must reinforce its commitment to poverty eradication, saying, "Poverty eradication remains the greatest global challenge today and is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development,"
The Fijian Minister for Women underlined the crucial role that women play in attaining poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development. She also encouraged UNIDO to step up its projects for productive work for youths in developing countries.
The Minister told the conference that the Group of 77 believes that for developing countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth, they need an enabling global environment to complement their national efforts in achieving sustainable industrialization.
Emphasising the importance of energy, she said the Group "calls on UNIDO to continue its role as a catalyst in increasing industrial energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy for industrial application."
The Minister told the conference that the role of technology is particularly important for developing countries to embark on a new industrial revolution, saying that it was imperative that the international community "take urgent actions to bridge the technological divide so as to promote industrialization and inclusive growth across the developing world."
Minister Luveni is accompanied at the General Conference by Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Peter Thomson who will speak tomorrow on an ambassadorial panel on the subject of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.