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21 November 2012

Re-issued as received

Costa Rica to host in 2013 high-level conference of middle-income countries in partnership with UNIDO

VIENNA, 21 November (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) - Costa Rica will host a high-level conference of middle-income countries in San José from 12 to 14 June 2013.

This was announced by Foreign Minister, Enrique Castillo-Barrantes, at the UNIDO Industrial Development Board taking place in Vienna this week.

Aiming to create "Networks for prosperity", the conference will concentrate on the role and position of middle-income countries in regional and global development issues, and provide inputs to the ongoing debate on the follow-up development framework after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.

The conference will also look at inclusive growth and prosperity; sustainability and green industry; and financing for sustainable economic development. These three topics are believed to be at the core of the interests of middle-income countries in the post-MDG development framework.

Minister Castillo-Barrantes stressed the importance to jointly work on "processes to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth in order to tackle social inequality and heterogeneity that characterizes middle-income countries". He also highlighted the responsibility of the international community to find innovative ways of international cooperation to support the development efforts carried out by those countries.

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For more information on the event, please contact:

Kazuki Kitaoka
UNIDO Programme Management Officer
Email: K.Kitaoka[at]