DISCUSSIONS have taken place to arrange for a meeting between G77 permanent representatives in New York with the director-general of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Li Yong.
This proposed meeting is planned ahead of the November session of the open working group on sustainable development goals, which will include themes of infrastructure development and industrialisation.
This discussion, between Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, who is also the chair of G77 and Mr Li, took place at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, according to a Ministry of Information statement.
The statement sated the director-general spoke of the importance of the process of the preparation of sustainable development goals at the UN in 2014, and the need to include particular wording for manufacturing and industrialisation in one of the goals to be elaborated.
The statement also stated Commodore Bainimarama assured Mr Li of the Group of 77's support for UNIDO's work in the industrial development in developing countries.
It stated he also welcomed the proposed briefing to the G77 in November.
"From a national and regional perspective, the Prime Minister indicated the interest of SIDS such as Fiji in youth employment programs similar to those run by UNIDO in Africa," it stated.
Commodore Bainimarama thanked Mr Li for UNIDO's prominent role in Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) formative meeting in Fiji in August this year, and offered the services of the PIDF Secretariat as a focal point for sustainable industrial development in the Pacific islands region.
The statement stated this was their first meeting since Mr Li took office as director-general in July this year.
It stated Commodore Bainimarama and Mr Li discussed the plans and new direction for UNIDO, under Mr Li's proposed vision for UNIDO of "inclusive and sustainable industrial development".
Mr Li said, in the statement, he planned to refocus the work of UNIDO in order to ensure a renewed emphasis on manufacturing and industrialisation as a vital tool for development.