The General Conference of UNIDO adopted a new Lima Declaration that charted the Organization's development priorities for the coming years, placing special emphasis on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
"While integrating in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – we believe that the effective measures towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development should encompass enhancing productive capacities in a way that supports the structural transformation of the economy; encourages economic growth and the creation of decent jobs; enhances productivity and development, transfer and absorption of technology on mutually agreed terms; and supports related research and development."
The declaration stresses the relevance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development as the basis for sustained economic growth and, while respecting the processes established by the UN General Assembly, encourages appropriate consideration of the issue in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.
The UNIDO General Conference was attended by high-level delegations from Member States including a Head of State and Government, Ministers and other high-level government officials from around the world, as well as senior representatives of other United Nations organizations, and prominent leaders from the private sector, civil society and academia.
The Lima Declaration "will create the foundation for the coming decades of UNIDO's important work as the central agency in the United Nations for all matters related to industrialization."
The Lima Declaration is a manifestation of Members States’ support for and confidence in UNIDO. It is a road map for the future of the Organization and sets a solid basis for further advancing industrial development in the post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals processes.
Nearly 40 years ago, Lima hosted a UNIDO General Conference which passed a milestone document – the Lima Declaration on Industrial Development and Cooperation. I am honoured that today, Peru is once again receiving high-ranking representatives of all UNIDO Member States, and once again a historic document is being adopted.