"Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies. Inclusive and sustainable industrialization is a key stepping stone towards sustained economic growth, food security and poverty eradication in Africa."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for Africa Industrialization
20 November 2014
2014 theme - Inclusive and sustainable industrial development: African agro industry for food security
Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000), the UN General Assembly, in 1989, proclaimed 20 November Africa Industrialization Day (resolution 44/237). The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will host a symposium in Vienna on 24 November to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day and showcase relevant actions and success stories that promote Africa’s industrial development. It will bring together representatives from the diplomatic corps, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders. See the UNIDO website for more information.