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United Nations Week: The role of the UN in fostering prosperity and development

United Nations Week: The role of the UN in fostering prosperity and development

UNIDO Director General, Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella was keynote speaker at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. where he delivered remarks in honor of United Nations Week addressing the role of the United Nations in fostering opportunities for sustainable development and lasting prosperity.  (Photo: Kandeh Yumkella delivering keynote address)

Dr Yumkella speaks with participants

Considered by many as a rising star within the United Nations system, the Sierra Leonean born Yumkella currently serves as Chair of UN-Energy- an organization charged with promoting coherence within the UN family of organizations in the energy field and to develop increased collective engagement between the UN and other key external stakeholders. He also leads the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC) and was also recently appointed as Co-Chair of the High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He is a member of the Rio+20 Principals Group as well as the United Nations Development Group (UNDG).  

Dr Yumkella with Daniel F Runde and Sarah O Ladislaw of CSIS

With over twenty years of experience in international development co-operation, Dr. Yumkella has not only played a vital role in shaping policies globally in areas of sustainable industrial development, trade capacity-building, renewable energy and energy efficiency, food security, poverty-reduction and wealth creation as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation but continues to use his outstanding leadership skills to advance many global initiatives as well as issues specific to the development needs of Africa. 

With Patrick Koromawa - UNIDO Nigeria and Andrew Edgerton of Gallup Government

Noting that energy access is the issue of the century, Dr. Yumkella mentioned that central to the many challenges that the world faces “the whole issue of how we produce, transmit and use energy” is the most pressing. The unfolding debt and financial crisis, demographics, climate change and elicit economy are four other issues that the world and the United Nations will both face but the UN will have to address in addition to what it currently does. 

Anthony Kamara, Jnr. reporting  from the Centre for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, DC. 

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