Director General’s dialogue with the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

Director General’s dialogue with the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

VIENNA, 12 April 2022 – Director General Gerd Müller addressed UNIDO’s Member States from Latin America and the Caribbean and expressed the Organization’s commitment to further increase knowledge-transfer and investment in the region.

He pointed out the consequences of climate change, the armed conflict in Ukraine, and the still ongoing pandemic which has led to a dramatic rise in energy and food prices.

The DG has initiated a reform process and new thematic priorities that will address the contribution of the Organization in such a way that we tackle these crises, together with our partners and Member States.

While acknowledging the work of UNIDO’s 91 projects there, Müller stressed that UNIDO and its partners could accomplish much more for job creation, renewable energies, and sustainable agriculture.

Müller also announced the appointment of a special representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, who will consult with the partner countries to develop a regional specific for UNIDO’s work there.

This was followed by the launch of the SDG9 Accelerator Platform, a new online tool for coordinating knowledge and technology transfer will help to bring partners in the region closer together.