Switzerland and UNIDO deepen partnership to support global Eco-Industrial Park development

Switzerland and UNIDO deepen partnership to support global Eco-Industrial Park development

VIENNA, 19 July 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Switzerland signed an amendment to a Letter of Agreement to deepen their partnership in support of eco-industrial parks. The CHF14.5 million programme builds on the significant results achieved through the longstanding cooperation in the area Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) between UNIDO and the Swiss Confederation, through its State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

“The programme further strengthens and focuses the strategic partnership which was launched over two decades ago between UNIDO and Switzerland for the promotion of resource efficient cleaner production globally”, said Ambassador Claude Wild, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to UNIDO.

The precursor UNIDO-UNEP cooperation on RECP was supported by the Swiss Confederation with a US$16 million contribution and ultimately leveraged over US$580 million in direct funding, co-financing and private sector investments. The RECP Programme also pursued a work stream for assistance to industrial parks that demonstrated strong commitments to transitioning into eco-industrial parks (EIP). In this pilot stage, the RECP Programme contributed to capacity building to existing industrial parks in Colombia, Peru, Morocco, South Africa, India, China and Viet Nam, particularly through the development and deployment of EIP tools such as the UNIDO-World Bank Group-GIZ joint International Framework for Eco-Industrial Parks and the related Practitioner’s Handbook on EIP.

“I thank Switzerland for its continued strong support; the approach we now pursue will have a significant impact and will be very relevant for inclusive and sustainable industrial development”, said UNIDO Director General LI Yong. “Eco-industrial parks go beyond the provision of production spaces for industries. As it creates beneficial economic results for firms and the surrounding communities, an EIP is where firms and the park as a whole apply resource efficient and cleaner production to foster responsible investments at the firm, park and community levels.”

The Global EIP Programme will focus on building EIP development capacity at country levels in Colombia, Egypt, Peru, Ukraine and Viet Nam while strengthening the normative and knowledge based dimensions of EIP at a global level.

For more information, please contact:

Christian Susan

Industrial Development Officer

Industrial Resource Efficiency Division