The world’s first Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), which brings together leaders of both the public and private sectors and representatives of civil society to shape the future of manufacturing, will hold its inaugural summit in Al Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi between the 10th and the 12th of October 2016 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
This global initiative, organized by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum, aims to promote and advance inclusive and sustainable industrial development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
In a recorded statement, The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated both the UAE Government and UNIDO for convening the world’s first-ever global manufacturing and industrialization summit in Abu Dhabi, stating “I welcome this innovative dual-focus on shaping the future of manufacturing. Responsible business practices benefit individuals and society. We now have the Sustainable Development Goals, our map to a new future. Inclusive and sustainable industrialization will help get us there while advancing us on the low carbon path that our world needs”.
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon also stated that “Success depends on all partners. That is why I welcome the participation of governments, industry and civil society converging for global development. I count on [all stakeholders] to promote a transformational approach towards manufacturing that will benefit our world for generations to come”.