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Fifth Donor Meeting

Scaling up impact through innovative partnerships

  • General Information
  • Background
  • Key objectives
  • When: 30 November 2021 at 3 – 4:30 p.m. (CET)

    Where: The event will be accessible online through the Interprefy platform and will be open to participants registered to the Conference. Non-registered participants will be able to follow the livestream on the UNIDO website. 

    Target participants: 

    • Member State representatives
    • Development partners
    • General Conference participants
    • General public
  • As the world works to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and its adverse socioeconomic effects, poverty, unemployment and inequalities remain major challenges. Climate change and natural resource depletion pose unprecedented threats to human security and development, urging countries to rethink their economies. Structural transformation without a climate-neutral, resilient and digitized industry is no longer viable. At the same time, sustainable, circular pathways to economic development require innovation and must be inclusive and equitable. The fourth industrial revolution can also offer opportunities by transforming production systems, value chains and the future of work.

    Under the theme “Scaling up impact through innovative partnerships”, the fifth Donor Meeting will showcase how UNIDO Member States and other key development partners work together with the Organization through innovative partnership approaches to scale up impact and efficiency to achieve common national, regional and global development objectives, recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more resilient future through inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).

    Within this framework, the Donor Meeting will also demonstrate how the donor community helps drive and solidify the Organization’s mandate to advance ISID in Member States. It will further look into how the global community can work together to bridge the financing gap to build back better and realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The event will feature a panel discussion presenting selected themes and associated success stories from UNIDO’s projects, programmes and initiatives implemented around the world. These will be aligned with the Organization’s strategic vision for supporting its Member States to achieve development results at scale in support of the Decade of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will cover a range of topics, such as structural transformation; digital transformation and innovation; climate neutral industries and circular economy; gender and youth; and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Donor Meeting will shed light on how different approaches to funding and programming can promote the increased flexibility, efficiency, transparency, accountability and development results of UNIDO’s work with Member States and development partners in order to “build back better”, promoting industrialization pathways that advance inclusive growth and innovation, reduce inequalities, foster digital and green transitions, boost resilience and accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

  • Confirmed speakers
  • DOTTO Stefano

    Head of Sector, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Transport, Regional programmes Neighbourhood South, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
    European Commission

    Stefano Dotto graduated in University L. Bocconi Economics in Milano, where he worked on projects of local development. He joined the Commission in the early nineties, working on industrial aspects of regional development in EU countries and the preparation of the 2004 enlargement of the EU. Subsequently he was economic officer in the Team dealing ... Read More

    GIANI Alberto

    Team Leader for Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development
    Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

    Alberto Giani is the Team Leader for Agriculture at the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation’s office in Maputo, Mozambique. He is a rural development and sustainable agri-food systems expert with over 25 years of experience in both the private, the academic and the international development sectors. Giani started his career as a private v... Read More

    Jessica Magnusson is a Senior advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA, with over 15 years of experience in international development, with focus on developing and emerging markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil, as well as on the African continent in Kenya, Liberia and Ghana. Working to promote sustainabl... Read More

    Norio Maruyama is Ambassador of Japan to South Africa. Maruyama entered the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983 after completing studies at the University of Tokyo. During an illustrious diplomatic career, he served in missions in France, Cambodia (including as Ambassador) and the European Union. He was Minister, and later Ambassador of the J... Read More

    SALADIN Martin

    Head of Operations, South and East of the Economic Cooperation and Development Division
    Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

    Martin Saladin is Head of Operations South and East of the Economic Cooperation and Development Division at SECO, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in Bern, Switzerland. He is an economic development cooperation practitioner with 20 years of experience. He worked in operational fields like trade promotion and infrastructure financing... Read More