Powering the Future We Want

Organized by the UN-DESA for sustainable transport

An outstanding recognition from the UN

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) has invited MDI, after a rigorous process of evaluation, to a two-days capacity development seminar. On this occasion, a part of the MDI team has attended the ceremony of the second session of the “Powering the Future We Want” program. The thematic focus of this event was: Energy for Sustainable Transport.

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki - moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Group photo of the ceremony "Powering the future we want"

In the presence of Mr. Ban Ki-moon (top left) and Mr. Cyril Negre, CEO of MDI SA, (first raw on the right)

On this day, 14th of December 2016, Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo expressed deep gratitude to all of the finalists. The United Nations and the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC, a Hong Kong based NGO) paid tribute to the leadership and innovative practices of MDI in energy for sustainable transport.

"The transport sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. It also has significant public health impacts (…). The answer is not less transport – it is sustainable transport. We need transport systems that are environmentally friendly, efficient, affordable, and accessible" said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the award ceremony. Each of these items is a pillar of MDI philosophy since more than two decades.

United Nations headquarters

New York City

A two-days seminar

During the seminar organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DEAS), MDI actively contributed to the advancement of ideas in sustainable transport domain: a real opportunity to share visions and actions.


On this occasion, the participants unanimously welcomed the work of MDI, both at the technological level and the industrial concept.

MDI was awarded a certificate of recognition in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. This distinction, as well as exchanges with project leaders and UN members present, paves the way for new collaborations and partnerships that will contribute to the deployment of MDI activities.

Members of the MDI team attending the ceremony at the UN

UN certificate of recognition for the work of MDI

Presentation of MDI for the seminar

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MDI is in line with the objectives of the UN

The MDI Founder, Mr. Guy Negre, would have been so proud to participate to this unique event that recognises innovative practices in energy for sustainable development. He has dedicated his whole life to technological innovations, but not only, as, as a real visionary, he always considered his inventions as a way to serve people. Years before the Rio Earth Summit, he integrated in his research the sustainable aspects, and established a pillar of MDI philosophy and as he said: “Pour avoir un réel impact l’écologie doit être accessible à tous”. This can be translated as: “Sustainable development will have a real impact only if it is accessible to all”

The way has been long and difficult. After several years of involvement with manufacturing companies, while developing Formula-one and airplanes engines, after having understood that the way that cars were - and are - built is a nonsense, he realised the impact of such engines and such crazy manufacturing processes on each individual life and, on a global point of view, on the planet itself.

  • Why think so narrowly?

  • Why not share in order to live better?

  • Why buy from the other side of the world what can be produced in our own street?

  • Why destroy what can be recyclable? 

  • Why sustainable transportation is a luxury?


With MDI, an idea was born, and with it a challenge to make clean transportation available.


It took years to elaborate such a double disruptive program based on non-superfluous, and against the common knowledge and the resistance. It took also years to make viable the concept of running an engine, and a car, with air, furthermore, to return to a local manufacturing environment and social friendly process of production, to avoid polluting supply chain, and bring back workers' value in the factories: local supply, local manufacturing, local jobs and local market.

Because of the unique synergy between a simple and efficient technology, that uses the air that we all breathe as the most available energy carrier on earth, and a specific production concept where the vehicles are locally built into many replicable micro factories, Guy Negre’s dream can now be reached. The changing process has to be accelerated and by thinking globally but acting locally we can together implement sustainable transports through this revolutionary way to produce and sell vehicles. The historical agreement signed for the COP 21 in Paris has shown that it is the right time to do so.


The ultimate achievements allowed by the MDI philosophy are to produce affordable and accessible clean transportations, to bring back the human in the centre of all activities and as Mr Ban Ki-moon said to protect and cherish our only home: the Earth.

This is the exact definition of sustainability.

Official video clip presented by the UN during the conference

Special thanks

The MDI team wants to sincerely thank His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, the UN-DESA, Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr Patrick Ho, Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee, Mr. Ivan Vera, United Nations Energy Secretary, and the UN Staff.

Our special thanks also go to the High Level Steering Committee that has recognized our involvement, to all the other applicants who have in mind similar concerns to the ones of everybody attending this ceremony, and to every enthusiasts and stake-holders who have made us going on despite strong oppositions.

Access the article on the United Nations website: https://poweringthefuture.un.org/recipients/2016/mdisa

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