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Monday, 21 May 2012

Switzerland to fund UNIDO project in Indonesia, supports Organization’s Green Industry platform for Rio+20

BERNE, 21 May 2012 – The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will fund a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project to help develop Indonesia’s National Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production programme.

An agreement on the CHF 4 million (around USD 4.25 million) project was signed in Berne today by UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and Swiss State Secretary for Economy, Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch.

Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, has made great development progress in the past decades, and is now a vibrant manufacturing base, but further development requires a sustainable approach to conserve the country's extensive natural resources (including terrestrial and marine biodiversity) and protect people and the environment from waste and pollutants.

The Government of Indonesia has actively embraced a cleaner production approach since the mid 1990's, developing a national policy, and in 2004 establishing the Indonesia Cleaner Production Centre, which focuses on training, information dissemination and industry demonstrations.

The National Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Programme for Indonesia has been designed to scale-up, mainstream and expand the application of cleaner production, taking advantage of the resources, expertise and experiences of the more than 50 National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes established around the world by UNIDO, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

UNIDO and SECO have also agreed to use the Rio+20 Conference to highlight the importance of resource efficiency for improving firms’ competitiveness in developing countries, and will put forward a number of specific steps for implementation. UNIDO will launch its Green Industry Platform in Rio, an initiative that brings together governmental and business stakeholders to promote “green industry” principles.