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8th Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries

The Emirate's Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | 2 November 2019

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  • UNIDO and AfDB to foster Ethiopia’s agricultural modernization and rural industrialization
    UNIDO and AfDB to foster Ethiopia’s agricultural modernization and rural industrialization

    ADDIS ABABA, 14 October 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry agreed on the delivery of technical cooperation services within the capacity development component of the Integrated Agro-industrial Park Support Project (IA

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  • 2019 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization open for registration
    2019 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization open for registration

    Interested participants can now register for the 2019 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization to be held on 19 November 2019 at the UNIDO HQ in Vienna, Austria. The theme of the Forum is focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its implications for global value chains (GVCs) as driver of

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  • UNIDO and GMIS promote strategic approaches for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Mexico
    UNIDO and GMIS promote strategic approaches for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Mexico

    GUANAJUATO, 11 October 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and GMIS Connect Mexico organized a series of thematic panels on best practices associated with strategic approaches for circular economy, innovation and quality infrastructure to access market and inte

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  • UNIDO champions Africa’s industrialization through high-level IDDA III event and promotes sustainable energy for SIDS during UNGA
    UNIDO champions Africa’s industrialization through high-level IDDA III event and promotes sustainable energy for SIDS during UNGA

    NEW YORK, 30 September 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) actively participated in numerous high-level activities surrounding the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which took place from 17 to 27 September in New York, including by organizing a series of high-

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  • UNIDO and partners discuss climate change, circular economy and more at 9th Green Standards Week
    UNIDO and partners discuss climate change, circular economy and more at 9th Green Standards Week

    VALENCIA, 4 October 2019 - The City of València hosted the 9th Green Standards Week from 1 to 4 October, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) together with Spain's  Ministry of Economy and Business and the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement. More than 25 partners

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  • UNIDO and Mitsui to raise awareness of environmental impact of plastic leakage and advocate for more sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic products in Africa
    UNIDO and Mitsui to raise awareness of environmental impact of plastic leakage and advocate for more sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic products in Africa

    TOKYO, 7 October 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (hereafter referred to as “Mitsui”) have agreed on a collaboration and partnership framework to work to promote awareness of more environmentally sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic products in Africa. The aim is to minimize leakage of plastic waste into the environment with an inclusive and sustainable industrial development initiative as a follow-up to the TICAD7 Yokohama Declaration 2019.

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  • Promoting innovation and infrastructure development within IDDA III: a pathway for boosting manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Promoting innovation and infrastructure development within IDDA III: a pathway for boosting manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    NEW YORK, 25 September 2019 – The third high-level event on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) discussed strategies and policies to leverage global partnerships in support of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Africa, taking into account the challenges and

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  • Event celebrates cities’ and youth leadership in combating climate change
    Event celebrates cities’ and youth leadership in combating climate change

    NEW YORK, 23 September 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Turkey organized a high-level evening event to highlight cities’ and youth leadership in combating clima

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  • Climate Technology Centre and Network welcomes its new Director
    Climate Technology Centre and Network welcomes its new Director

    COPENHAGEN, 24 September 2019 - Rose Mwebaza has been appointed the new Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the implementation arm of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism, which is hosted and managed by the United Nations Industrial Develo

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  • Global value chains and development in sub-Saharan Africa
    Global value chains and development in sub-Saharan Africa

    CAPE TOWN, 19 September 2019 – Some 40 postgraduate students, faculty members and international researchers have been exposed to the theoretical underpinnings of the role of industrialization and global value chains (GVCs) and learnt to apply the analytical frameworks to the sub-Saharan African

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  • UNIDO to open new light industry training centre in Armenia
    UNIDO to open new light industry training centre in Armenia

    YEREVAN, 17 September 2019 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will establish a new Light Industry Training Centre in Armenia, which will become a major regional provider of high-quality technical support services and training opportunities for national and international

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  • UNIDO and WPO improve packaging in Mongolia
    UNIDO and WPO improve packaging in Mongolia

    ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA, 31 August 2019 - Within the framework of the EU-funded “Support to Employment Creation in Mongolia (SECiM C2)” project, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the World Packaging Organization (WPO) organized on-site assessments to

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  • UNIDO delivers workshop on “Leveraging Global Value Chains for Industrial Development”
    UNIDO delivers workshop on “Leveraging Global Value Chains for Industrial Development”

    Phnom Penh, 4 October 2019 –The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Cambodian Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH), in partnership with the Republic of Korea, successfully organized the second training programme on “Leveraging Global Value Chains for Industrial De

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Impact stories

  • India's air pollution emergency
    India's air pollution emergency

    UNIDO is supporting start-ups using clean-tech innovations

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  • A shift in the production paradigm
    A shift in the production paradigm

    UNIDO's Manuel Albaladejo answers questions about the circular economy and industry 4.0 in Latin America

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  • When the only thing left is hope
    When the only thing left is hope

    Light at the end of the tunnel for Syrian refugees in Turkey

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  • Responding to Morocco’s water challenge
    Responding to Morocco’s water challenge

    UNIDO’s H2O Maghreb project - providing innovative training for young water professionals in Morocco - was featured at World Water Week in Stockholm 2019

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  • Entrepreneurs prove environmental protection and economic success go hand-in-hand
    Entrepreneurs prove environmental protection and economic success go hand-in-hand

    A private-public partnership between the Tunisian government, USAID, the Italian Cooperation, the HP Foundation and UNIDO is merging green skills with business know-how to foster a new generation of eco-minded entrepreneurs.

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  • Bioenergy that is good for business
    Bioenergy that is good for business

    “We expect the uptake of biomass in industry to not only reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels, but also to increase the country’s competitiveness and create employment,” said Mark Draeck, an Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO.

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  • Eliminating toxic chemicals in Paraguay
    Eliminating toxic chemicals in Paraguay

    In October 2015, a fire tore through a transformer depot 11km east of Asunción. The blaze affected the stored transformers, capacitors and other equipment containing PCBs, a chemical compound banned in the 1970s owing to environmental and health concerns. Clouds of smoke drifted over the area, creating a serious health risk for the more than a quarter of a million people living there. (Photo: © Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios de Paraguay)

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  • Freezing climate change
    Freezing climate change

    As the global climate gets hotter, there is an ever greater need for refrigeration. But the more we chill food and drinks in fridges and cool our rooms with air-conditioning, the hotter the air outside will get. It is a catastrophic spiral.

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  • Cyber security: increasingly vital for industry
    Cyber security: increasingly vital for industry

    With the onward march of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the increasing proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) will bring benefits but also risks. The service sector has been dealing with threats of the digital age for a while. Now manufacturing companies are going to have to catch up.

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  • UNIDO and #WorldEnvironmentDay 2019 - Together we can #BeatAirPollution
    UNIDO and #WorldEnvironmentDay 2019 - Together we can #BeatAirPollution

    UNIDO is continuing to work with governments and industry to reduce industrial pollution and improve air quality

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  • Providing a helping hand to Benin’s SMEs
    Providing a helping hand to Benin’s SMEs

    With intensive support from national consultants coached by international experts, the enterprises were assisted in the development and implementation of action plans to transform their activities and be more competitive on the regional and global markets.

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  • Expert explains why Melaka should obtain a credit rating
    Expert explains why Melaka should obtain a credit rating

    Joshua Gallo, Head Investment Coordinator at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and former Senior Municipal Finance Specialist at the World Bank, discusses how obtaining a credit rating can help cities tackle the lack of funding for sustainable infrastructure projects.

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  • Empowerment through education and training: a success story from Liberia
    Empowerment through education and training: a success story from Liberia

    UNIDO supports the Japan Heavy Equipment Operations School in providing labour market-oriented training programmes in excavator operation and basic service training. Each year around 200 young men and women from Liberia are enrolled in training programmes.

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