GENEVA, 12 April 2012 - WIPO Director-General, Francis Gurry, and UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, met today to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the two organizations in areas relating to science and technology, innovation promotion, private sector development and trade capacity building.
Gurry and Yumkella agreed that the two organizations should collaborate on activities to increase the capacity of developing countries to use science, technology and innovation in addressing key development challenges in the fields of agriculture, ocean conservation, energy policy, water use and public health.
The role of science, technology and innovation is a critical element in the Rio+20 discussions, and the post-2015 development agenda. It will also be the main theme of the Annual Ministerial Review at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2013.
Both WIPO and UNIDO have unique and valuable knowledge and experience to contribute to the international community’s discussions in this area, and closer cooperation between the two organizations will help shape the UN’s work to support member states.
Existing examples of successful cooperation between WIPO and UNIDO include a European Union-funded trade related technical assistance project in Pakistan.The Directors-General agreed to expand this type of joint activity and partnership with donors, such as the European Union, to assist developing countries, in particular in Africa, in building trade capacity.
WIPO and UNIDO have also co-organized a series of workshops during the UN’s annual climate change conferences in Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban, which have addressed the critical issue of the transfer and development of environmentally sound technology, with a special focus on sustainable energy for all.
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