Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Slovenia becomes UNIDO donor

Ernest Petric, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Carlos Magariños, Director-General of UNIDO signed today, at the organization’s headquarters in Vienna, an agreement by which Slovenia becomes a donor country to UNIDO.

Vienna, 22 June 2005 - The new donor will be allocating funds for UNIDO supported projects in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro as a first priority, but also in the newly independent states that have emerged from the former USSR.

Among the areas in which the cooperation is foreseen are: capacity building and enterprise development, environment, research and high technology, clean and efficient energy related programmes, food safety and processing.

Under the agreement, Slovenia will be making special purpose contributions to the Industrial Development Fund. UNIDO will select, review and in consultation with the donor, approve the projects to be financed by the contributions in the countries and areas mentioned above.

The text of the agreement is available with the online version of this press release at:

Download photo of UNIDO DG and Slovenian Ambassador.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Adrie De Groot
Director, Field Coordination and Resource Mobilization
Tel: +43-1-26026-5356

For further information on UNIDO, please contact: Ms. Cristina Stricker Information Officer Tel.: +43-1-26026–3034


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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses its efforts on relieving poverty by fostering productivity growth. It helps developing countries and countries with economies in transition in their fight against marginalization in today’s globalized world. UNIDO has 171 member states. For more information,
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