BRUSSELS, 17 October 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Representative to the European Union (EU), Patrick J. Gilabert, today signed an agreement with the United Nations Secretary-General’s representative to the EU, Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, to officialize the UNIDO Brussels office’s move to the new One UN House in the city.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding signifies a new beginning for the UN family in Brussels, which is joining forces to promote cooperation and effectiveness, and deliver better results to the European Commission, Secretariat of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, European Investment Bank (EIB) and Belgium.
Working as one UN has huge benefits: it enhances development results and impact by bringing together the comparative advantages of the UN organizations within a single strategic location. It also allows for more transparency and greater inclusive participation and cooperation between the different agencies.
This move is in line with UN Secretary-General’s reform that aims, among others, to enable common services and to raise the share of UN common premises to 50 per cent by 2021. UN Member States welcomed this reform through UN General Assembly’s resolution 72/279.
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Patrick J. Gilabert
UNIDO Representative to the European Union, EIB, ACP secretariat, Belgium and Luxembourg