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At Davos, UNIDO Director General Yumkella to play a leading role

At Davos, UNIDO Director General Yumkella to play a leading role

DAVOS, January 24, 2013 – The Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Kandeh K. Yumkella, is playing a leading role in the 43rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum taking place this week in the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos.

Each year, Dr. Yumkella joins a chosen few heads of international and regional organizations, Heads of State and Government, policymakers, economists, academics, chief executives among others who will address a plethora of global challenges including energy access at Davos mountain resort.

As a leading global voice, Yumkella will debate key issues facing the world in an attempt to define and prioritize ways to steer a global transformation towards resilient dynamism.

During the four day event which runs from January 23 -27, the Sierra Leonean born Yumkella will lead an interactive session, on the topic “Building Energy Access through Cross-sector Partnerships,” as guest speaker. The session will bring together business leaders from various industries, investors and policymakers to discuss how to scale up new business models.

Yumkella, who was recently named Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s (SRSG) and chief executive of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), will give his insights on the key challenges and opportunities in relation to energy access.

In another session, “Pathways to a Sustainable Future,” the UNIDO boss will join Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestlé; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute; Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance public-private global health partnership; and others in leading a discussion on how innovative partnerships can accelerate progress on sustainable growth and development.

UNIDO Director General will also be a special guest at the ‘Transforming Investment Flows: Green Growth Action Alliance’ session.  Together with other global leaders, including CEOs, heads of state, and heads of international and civil society organizations, he will debate how to drive up green investment flows to address the climate change challenge.

Other speakers at this session will include Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action; Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility; Trevor Manuel, South Africa’s Minister of the National Planning Commission; and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.

The WEF has been dubbed as the stage where the world’s most powerful and inspiring people will try to understand and debate key issues facing the global community.

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