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26 November 2021

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United Nations Industrial Development Organization General Conference: Member States scheduled to confirm new Director General

VIENNA, 26 November (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) – The nineteenth session of the General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), under the theme “Building a better future”, will take place in a hybrid form from 29 November to 3 December 2021 at the Vienna International Centre, Austria.

On Tuesday, 30 November 2021, Gerd Müller, currently Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, will be confirmed as the successor to LI Yong as UNIDO Director General. The confirmation will take place during the third plenary meeting of the UNIDO General Conference from 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The conference will feature several high-level events, including the UNIDO 55th anniversary ceremony, all accessible to the public here. In addition, a virtual exhibition, highlighting the conference’s key topics, including the Organization’s COVID-19 response, can be viewed here.

Journalists are cordially invited to follow the various activities via our live-stream in all six UN languages. Moreover, a press release including available video material of Gerd Müller’s confirmation as the new Director General of UNIDO will be circulated on Tuesday afternoon, 30 November 2021.

The full agenda of the General Conference can be found here:

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