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17:07 | 2009-12-07


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UNIDO Starts Meeting in Vienna

TEHRAN (FNA)- The 13th meeting of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) began its work in Vienna, Austria on Monday under the chairmanship of Iran's Permanent Representative to International Organizations Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh.

Soltaniyeh was elected through a consensus by 173 members of the organization to preside over the 5-day event.

Iranian Minister of Mines and Industries Ali Akbar Mehrabian is also present at the meeting and is due to deliver a speech on the Islamic Republic's views and performance regarding UNIDO's plans.

Mehrabian is also slated to meet Iceland president, Tanzanian prime minister and his counterparts from Syria and South Africa on the sidelines of the meeting.

Iran has also displayed its latest industrial achievements specially in green industries and sustainable energies in an exhibition held on the sidelines of the universal event.

The topic of this year's meeting focuses on "green industries" and the opportunities they offer to the developing countries under the current economic circumstances, which means, the role of industry in finding solutions for these countries in achieving their development objectives within a framework of environmental sustainability would be highlighted.

UNIDO's primary objective is the promotion and acceleration of industrial development in developing countries and countries with economies in transition and the promotion of international industrial cooperation.

The Organization believes that competitive and environmentally sustainable industry has a crucial role to play in accelerating economic growth, reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Organization therefore works towards improving the quality of life of the world's poor by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise in the following three interrelated thematic areas, including poverty reduction through productive activities, trade capacity-building and energy and environment.