It has happened to many of us in recentmonths. We flick through a newspaperfilled with downbeat assessments of theprospects for the global economy,predictions of a future ravaged by theeffects of climate change, and shockingreports of humanitarian catastrophe inthe world’s poorest countries, and weask ourselves – where did we go wrong?What became of the expectation that,through concerted action, poverty would be defeated in our time?Why, almost two decades after the Kyoto Declaration, have we stillnot properly tackled the issues of environmental degradation andclimate change? And, with the scars of the worst recession sincethe 1930s still visible on enterprises the world over, how can it bethat we did not learn from the mistakes of the past?Yet, amid all this gloom and doom, there are positivedevelopments that need to be acknowledged, learnt from, and built upon. We see them in Asia, in Latin America and, let’s notforget, we see them in Africa too. Our country feature on Rwandaillustrates just one of several encouraging improvements takingplace on that continent.The goal of
is to throw some light on these and othermatters, to stimulate reflection and debate on both the challengesand the solutions, to be critical but also constructive. It is not apublication that claims to have all the answers, but it is a forum forenquiry into a range of topics across the intersection of industryand development. Published each quarter,
will alwayshave a specific thematic focus – the subject of this first issue is thepromise of “green growth”.The magazine’s contributors come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds – they may not agree with each other,nor with the official stance of UNIDO, the Organization that I havethe privilege to lead as Director-General. But I believe that we allshare the wish to see the day when finally, in the words of theNobel laureate Seamus Heaney, “hope and history rhyme”.I trust you will find
a stimulating and thought-provoking read, and I encourage you to join the debate about howproductive activities can help the world to develop and progress.
Kandeh K. Yumkella,Director-General, UNIDO