VIENNA, 25 November 2011 – Russia’s continued support for the work of the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO) was the focus of a meeting in Vienna today between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, and the Director-General of UNIDO, Kandeh K. Yumkella.
Gatilov will attend the 14th Session of the UNIDO General Conference that takes place in Vienna from 28 November to 2 December.
“Russia is not just actively supporting the work of UNIDO via its regular budget funding, but is more and more involved as a donor, particularly in Africa. Last year, UNIDO launched a Russian-funded project to build-up the technical capacity of Sierra Leone’s fishing sector and apply cost-effective seafood processing technologies. Years of civil conflict in Sierra Leone almost destroyed the country’s fishing sector, so this project is very important,” said Yumkella.
“In the future, I’d like to see even more Russian investments and know-how coming to Africa. Russia can help African countries who are still discovering oil and gas, especially in transportation.”
UNIDO has a number of projects in Russia focused on green energy and cleaner production. These include a Centre for environmentally safe disposal of hazardous consumer products and industrial waste in the Republic of Tatarstan and a USD 1.5 million project to improve water quality and reduce impact from industrial activities in the middle and lower Volga basin. UNIDO is also promoting the production of energy-efficient refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Russia via technology transfer.
Since 2009, the Russian Government has been contributing USD 2,6 million annually to UNIDO a special purpose contribution for environmental and technology promotion projects in the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), in Mongolia and Sierra Leone.