Secretary-General's message on Africa Industrialization Day
New York, 20 November 2013
On this year’s Africa Industrialization Day, we are highlighting the crucial role of job creation and entrepreneurship in eradicating poverty.
Although Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies – with growth across a variety of sectors – too many people are still being left behind. The region is affected by widespread unemployment – particularly among youth. Many, especially women, are engaged in vulnerable forms of work with low and unstable pay.
As we strive to meet the Millennium Development Goals and shape the post-2015 agenda, we must address the challenges of joblessness, youth unemployment and the shortcomings of a large informal economy. By focusing on job creation, entrepreneurship and the promotion of small and medium enterprises, we can boost inclusive and sustainable industrial development across the continent.
Africa’s economic dynamism, young population and potential for innovation form the foundation for stronger and competitive industries. As we mark this 50th anniversary year of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity, the United Nations renews our commitment to Africa’s development and the African Union’s efforts to achieve inclusive growth.
Let us work together to foster job creation and entrepreneurship throughout the continent as critical ways to build a more prosperous and sustainable future for all.
Statements on 20 November 2013
- Warsaw, 20 November 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at COP19 Momentum for Change event
- Vienna, Austria, 20 November 2013 - Secretary-General's message to Religions for Peace World Assembly, 20-22 November [delivered by Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations]
- The Hague, The Netherlands, 20 November 2013 - Secretary-General's message to opening of 12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court [delivered by the UN Legal Counsel, Under-Secretary-General Miguel de Serpa Soares]
- New York, 20 November 2013 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Nepal
- Warsaw, Poland, 20 November 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at Ministerial Meeting on Climate Finance