28 June 2013

IIASA welcomes Li Yong as UNIDO Director General

Li Yong, former Vice Minister of Finance for China, was confirmed today as the next Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

UNIDO Director General Li Yong after being confirmed by the General Conference in Vienna, 28 June 2013. Photo by Leah Avinante/UNIDO

UNIDO Director General Li Yong after being confirmed by the General Conference in Vienna, 28 June 2013. Photo by Leah Avinante/UNIDO

IIASA has a long history of collaboration with UNIDO, particularly in the areas of energy and industrial transitions. The two organizations, along with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, host the biennial Vienna Energy Forum, which this year brought some 1,500 policymakers and high-level officials from 75 countries together for three days to discuss the global transition towards sustainable energy systems. 

The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, led by outgoing UNIDO Director General Kandeh Yumkella, grew to a great extent out of research conducted by IIASA and other partners. The landmark Global Energy Assessment released in 2012 provided some of the most important evidence that led to the adoption of the ambitious vision and objectives of this important initiative that is bound to transform the energy systems throughout the world. Dr. Yumkella, now serving as the Chief Executive Officer on the SE4All initiative, will continue to work with IIASA on that project.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with UNIDO under Li Yong’s leadership, and to continuing our work with outgoing Director General Kandeh Yumkella on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative,” says IIASA Director and Chief Executive Officer Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat.

IIASA and UNIDO also collaborate on the ENACT model, an interactive energy access analysis tool for policymakers, and the Energy Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) tool, which allows decision makers to assess future energy challenges.

More information: Read the UNIDO Press Release: Li Yong confirmed as new Director General of UNIDO

Photo: UNIDO Director General Li Yong after being confirmed by the General Conference in Vienna, 28 June 2013. Photo by Leah Avinante/UNIDO 


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