Dubai, United Arab Emirates

22 November 2021

Secretary-General's video message to the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit

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I am pleased to convey my greetings to this fourth Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit.  My thanks to the Co-Chairs, UNIDO and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digitalization in increasing business resilience and competitiveness – and safeguarding essential value chains.  But it has also made clear that we must do more to strengthen global digital capacities and close the digital divide.

UNIDO has found that just ten economies account for about 90 per cent of advanced innovation patents worldwide, while 88 countries have yet to utilize advanced technologies and digital production in a significant way.  Women also continue to be marginalized, comprising just 30 per cent of STEM researchers.

Digital technologies can propel the circular economy and help address the climate crisis.  But making the most of this potential – particularly to help the most vulnerable – requires strengthened partnerships for climate finance, more robust commitments to decarbonize, support for innovation ecosystems and greater investments in digital infrastructure.  

Thank you for coming together to forge solutions to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization – as we accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.