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Industry is key to climate change fight, says UN industrial development chief

The UN Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO, works towards poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, and that mandate is crucial to the battle against global warming.

That’s the view of Director General Li Yong, who spoke to UN News’s Maoqi Li, to discuss a range of issues from tackling climate change, managing the private sector’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNIDO’s efforts to foster “digital infrastructure” across Africa.

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African industrialization will help erase poverty, transform economies

Urban demand could be “a lever” for industrialization across Africa.

That’s according to Giovanie Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), which has launched a report on industrial development on the continent.

With an increasing fraction of the population living in cities, Africa faces growing challenges in terms of services and infrastructure.

Ms Biha spoke with Priscilla Lecomte about how this rapid urbanization could be beneficial, and propel economic growth.

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Sustainable industrialization “key driver” of Agenda 2030

Industrial development, which is both sustainable and inclusive, will be crucial for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has said.

In September the international community agreed the agenda which is comprised of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Goal nine focuses on industrialization and fostering innovation.