VIENNA, 26 June 2012 – Member States of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have commended the leadership of Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella, noting a range of achievements, including his role in spearheading the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
The deliberations were made during the twenty-eighth session of UNIDO’s Programme and Budget Committee that ends today in Vienna.
Expressing his appreciation for the continued support the Organization enjoys from its Member States, Director-General Yumkella said: “Despite the challenges of the past couple of years, UNIDO has continued to deliver for its stakeholders. Looking to the future, there will be more hurdles to overcome. We cannot be blind to the economic difficulties faced by many Member States – but we should do the utmost to ensure that those in developing countries do not pay the highest price. The next framework for development action will be on the basis of sustainable development – and, unlike during the formulation of the MDG goals, targets and indicators, we must make sure that UNIDO fully contributes its knowledge and expertise.”
The Director-General said that UNIDO’s technical cooperation delivery in 2011 reached USD 166.7 million, the highest level ever recorded, and the Organization was on course to reach an all-time high in technical cooperation delivery in 2012. In the first five months, it has already implemented technical cooperation worth almost USD 100 million.
UNIDO has also just recently been ranked first among executing agencies by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, a distinction the Organization shares this year with UNDP.
Yumkella noted that UNIDO continues to receive high voluntary contributions in 2012, including, among others, from Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa and Switzerland. The Organization also continues to implement programmes financed by global funds such as the GEF, the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, and the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F).
Speaking about the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Yumkella said: “Green economy policies should promote sustained and inclusive economic growth and foster innovation; they should close technology gaps between developed and developing countries; and they should promote productive activities that contribute to the eradication of poverty.”
“We also see a clear emphasis on the importance of technology transfer – the declaration calls on relevant UN agencies to identify options for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The UN system is also asked to work with industry and interested governments to facilitate action on corporate sustainability reporting. In addition, South-South cooperation and private sector partnerships are highlighted as areas for action,” said Yumkella.
At Rio, UNIDO launched its Green Industry Platform which received commitments from over seventy signatories, including national governments, businesses and international
Yumkella highlighted the “tremendous support” of Japan and Brazil during Rio+20, “which both provided UNIDO with a highly visible presence at Rio. The UNIDO booth at the Japanese Pavilion drew thousands of visitors. UNIDO also facilitated hundreds of business-to-business meetings and hosted a prominent networking side event”.
“We may be a small agency, but small does not have to mean weak or irrelevant. Being smaller can mean focusing on a key area and expanding it through partnerships. Agribusiness and supply chain development are also ripe for scaled-up partnerships,” said Yumkella.
In this context, UNIDO announced that in the coming months, two top international experts will work with the Organization as advisers: Justin Lin, the former Chief economist of the World Bank, and Monique Barbut, the outgoing Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
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