Launch of the UNIDO report on “Networks for Prosperity – Achieving Development Goals through Knowledge Sharing”

unidoWhen? : 22 November from 10:30 to 12:00,

Where? Permanent Representation of Spain, Boulevard du Régent, 52 – 1000 Brussels.

This report, elaborated through a project funded by the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F), has for the first time established a Connectedness Index that measures countries’ knowledge networks and links their level of connectedness with economic development indicators.

To determine the Connectedness Index, the report takes into account international, inter-organizational and intra-organizational networks established by each country.

The report provides a global connectedness ranking, which was topped by Switzerland and followed by Sweden, The Netherlands, the United States and Finland.

The report, jointly produced by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Centre for Global Governance Studies in Leuven, Belgium, argues that a country’s connectedness has a strong positive impact on its economic and industrial development.

In addition, “Networks for Prosperity: Development goals through knowledge sharing” discusses governance issues on all levels of networking, and provides recommendations for policy-makers to help countries acquire and adapt private sector development knowledge.


Welcoming statement by his Excellency, Luis Planas Puchades, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union

Introduction by Mr. Christophe Yvetot, UNIDO Representative to the European Union

Presentation of the report by:

– Prof. Jan Wouters, Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

– Mr. Kazuki Kitaoka, Programme Management Officer, UNIDO

– Mr. Axel Marx, Research Manager, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies


– Ms. Françoise Moreau, Head of the EU Development Policy Formulation Unit, DEVCO

– Ms. Hélène-Diane Dage, Deputy Head of the Support for Industrial Innovation Unit, DG-Industry

You are kindly invited to confirm your participation to Lisa Nossek [email protected]“>[email protected] or 02 511 16 90.