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    22 September 2017

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    UNIDO's Director General to hold press briefing on the second annual "BRIDGE for Cities" event

    10:15 to 10:45, Tuesday 26 September 2017, Room C05, 7th floor, C-Building, Vienna International Centre

    VIENNA, 22 September  - LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, 26 September during the second annual "BRIDGE for Cities - Belt and Road Initiative: Developing Green Economies for Cities" event being held at the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

    "BRIDGE for Cities" will take place from 26 to 28 September 2017 and is designed to support the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, hailed by the UN General Assembly in December 2016 as a vehicle for economic integration in participating regions for the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The event comprises various activities, including a high-level policy dialogue, an exhibition, 'matchmaking' activities, study tours and cultural performances. Throughout the event, UNIDO will highlight cities' dependence on industrial development for economic and infrastructural growth, as well as industries' reliance upon resources readily available in urban areas.

    "BRIDGE for Cities" will bring together over 500 participants, including representatives of municipal governments, the business sector, development agencies and academia. As of 20 September 2017, participants include representatives from over 131 cities in 65 countries and over 300 organizations, institutions and companies. The Mayors or Deputy Mayors of the cities of Lanzhou, Tirana, Kabul, Karachi, Luxor, Cairo, Nuremberg and Poznań will participate as panelists in the high-level forum proceedings.

    Journalists are invited to attend the press briefing from 10:15 to 10:45 on 26 September 2017 in Building C, Room C05, 7th floor of the VIC. To register for this briefing, please send an email to Journalists attending the press briefing are also cordially invited to attend a 'matchmaking' lunch from 12:30 to 14:00 at the restaurant of the VIC on 28 September 2017. If you are interested in attending this lunch, please register on the event website:

    In addition to the Director General of UNIDO, the press conference will be attended by:

    Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group (Confirmed)

    Bernadette Marianne Gierlinger, Director General, Foreign Economic Policy and European Integration, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Austria (Invited)

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    For further enquiries about the event, please contact:

    Weixi GONG
    Senior Coordinator for South-South and Triangular Industrial Cooperation, UNIDO
    Tel: (+43 1) 26026 3381
    Email: w.gong[at]

    For media queries, please contact:

    Jason Slater
    Chief, UNIDO Corporate Communications and Media Relations Division
    Tel: +43 1 26026 3063
    Mobile: + 43 699 1459 3063
    Email: j.slater[at]