GENEVA, 26 April 2017 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today agreed to work together to fast forward the Sustainable Development Goals.
To formalize the partnership, UNIDO Director General LI Yong and ITU Secretary-General ZHAO Houlin signed a Joint Declaration “on the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular industrialization, infrastructure development and innovation”.
UNIDO and ITU, the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 700 private sector entities and academic institutions, will strengthen their country-level collaboration.
The two agencies will jointly contribute to global, regional and national efforts toward achieving SDG9, in particular through action plans that are designed to attract public-private partnerships and investment.
"This new collaboration between ITU and UNIDO represents a strong determination from both our organizations to deliver measurable and sustainable solutions at country level towards achieving the SDGs, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, industry and innovation" said ITU Secretary-General ZHAO Houlin.
UNIDO Director General LI Yong added, "This partnership will fast track the realization of SDG9 and has the potential to deliver real benefits to industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises from emerging economies."
Key areas of cooperation will include supporting the development of innovative policies, actions, standards and technologies in order to: connect the world's unconnected, create jobs, enable efficient natural resource and e-waste management, facilitate product interoperability, reduce the digital and gender divides, and support growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.
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