Appointment of Veronika Peshkova as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador

Appointment of Veronika Peshkova as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador

ST. PETERSBURG, 20 September 2018 – On the opening day of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized an international expert session titled, “UNIDO: A Global Platform for the Development of Women's Entrepreneurship”. As part of the session, an official ceremony to appoint Veronika Peshkova as a UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador took place. Peshkova is a member of the Expert Council, OPORA RUSSIA Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Committee.

Opening the ceremony, Jacek Cukrowski, Chief of UNIDO’s Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia, introduced Peshkova as a long-time supporter of UNIDO’s mandate and principles.

In a letter read to the participants of the session, LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, welcomed the fruitful cooperation between UNIDO and OPORA RUSSIA in the area of women’s entrepreneurship, lauded Peshkova’s strong commitment to promoting women’s economic empowerment, and congratulated her on her new role as a UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador.

Sayaphol Sackda, UNIDO Advocacy and Media Relations Officer, stated that as a Goodwill Ambassador, Peshkova will assist UNIDO in building partnerships, fundraising and completing programme goals within UNIDO projects. She will also participate at high-level international events to communicate the vision and values that guide UNIDO’s work to a broad public, all while highlighting the critical role of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

Galina Karelova, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, who nominated Peshkova, also offered her deepest congratulations.

The ceremony ended with Peshkova’s acceptance speech, in which she stated that the primary goal of her work will be to strengthen cooperation between UNIDO and governmental and private institutions. She proposed the creation of a women’s talent pool and network, the establishment of a mentoring programme for women-leaders and e-learning platforms to further facilitate the involvement of women in the economy, the organization of thematic global forum events and other activities to be implemented in cooperation with UNIDO.

She ended by sincerely thanking UNIDO, the Federal Council and Karelova, as well as Gulnaz Kadyrova, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, who was also present. She asked the audience for additional support in all future initiatives regarding women’s economic empowerment on a global level.

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For more information, please contact:

Solomiya Omelyan

Programme Officer

UNIDO Regional Division - Europe and Central Asia


Sayaphol Sackda

Officer in Charge

UNIDO Advocacy and Media Relations Division