CANCUN, Mexico, 28 May 2014 – A delegation of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, headed by Director General, LI Yong, is in Cancun this week for the Fifth GEF Assembly and associated meetings and side events.
During a UNIDO side event on strategic partnerships, participants stressed that the move towards cleaner, low carbon production pathways was critical in order for industries to make a valuable contribution to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
Such pathways entail barriers that transcend national boundaries. UNIDO has taken steps to address this issue by establishing a range of partnerships – for knowledge sharing, capacity building and the promotion of investments – that assist developing countries and economies in transition in fostering regional cooperation, thus embracing inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
Strategic partnerships encompass a wide range of engagements with various entities, centres and networks. They include regional sustainable energy knowledge centres such as the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), international technology specific centres such as the International Centre on Small Hydropower (ICSHP), Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) centres and networks, as well as the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), where UNIDO is closely cooperating with UNEP. Furthermore, they encompass close cooperation with businesses as well as those partnerships found in the chemicals and waste programming.
UNIDO has acknowledged the need for collaboration between a variety of stakeholders on the basis of partnerships in order to meet donor requirements with respect to private sector engagement and multi-country approaches, to facilitate the adoption of regional polices and targets and prepare industries for national and regional markets, as well as foster South-South technical cooperation.
High-level representatives of various UNIDO partners that took part in the side event highlighted the significance and potential of strategic partnerships, and showcased best practices in the field. They explored the role of such partnerships in tackling the “root-causes” of environmental degradation, contributing to the target areas of the projects and programmes to be implemented under the 6th replenishment cycle of the GEF.
LI Yong, UNIDO Director General, said, “With a trend towards greater economic deprivation, social inequality and environmental degradation, it becomes necessary to envisage and develop innovative strategic partnerships that focus on not only achieving global environmental benefits at scale but that actively contribute towards poverty eradication. We need to harness the full potential of our strategic partners in order to achieve the goals of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.”
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Countries participating in the 46th Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Cancun launched the new GEF2020 strategy and approved a USD 230 million work programme that together with previous investments during 2010 -2014 will total USD 3.7 billion directed towards the protection of the global environment. These and other decisions taken by the Council provide the foundation for the next four years of actions (GEF-6) by the GEF and its partners to work with countries to address urgent global environmental problems relating to climate change, biodiversity loss, desertification and land degradation, management of international waters, management of forests for multiple benefits, and protection against dangerous chemicals and wastes.