VIENNA, 28 November 2011– During the opening day of UNIDO’s General Conference, the European Union and UNIDO presented a report titled “The cooperation between UNIDO and the European Union: A partnership for inclusive growth and sustainable development”.
The European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, reiterated the importance of collaboration with UNIDO as an effective partner for development and the new industrial revolution, adding: "this is important work that can provide inspiration to the global discussion on Green Economy at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012".
These statements add to the supportive forewords provided by several EU Commissioners. The Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship declared his “great admiration for the support UNIDO has been providing to African countries”, Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs confirmed that “UNIDO has proven itself a reliable and effective partner” and Mr Korolec stated that UNIDO “is and will remain one of the most important EU partners in the field of industrial development cooperation”.
The report is a testimony of the growing importance of this partnership during the last five years. Since 2006, the European Commission and EU member States have invested more than EUR195 million to UNIDO regular budget. During the same period additional USD190 million were invested in UNIDO Programme of Technical Cooperation.
The new EU communication on “Increasing the impact of EU Development Policy: An agenda for change” launched in October 2011, should create an excellent basis for further developing the partnership. While focusing EU development assistance on human rights, democracy and other key elements of good governance as well as inclusive and sustainable growth for human development, it recognizes the role of the private sector in development and the need for industrial policies that also include food security and energy.
In bilateral discussions that followed, the need to further enhance this partnership in areas of inclusive and green industries, resource efficiency and climate/ozone layer protection was raised. Another area that will deserve special attention in the near future is energy and the necessity to scale up efforts to achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030.
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