UNIDO and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) create partnership to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development

UNIDO and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) create partnership to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development

VIENNA, 28 June 2017 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) agreed today to cooperate closely in fields relevant to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the sidelines of the 45th session of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board. The ceremony was attended by Gennadiy Gatilov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Vladimir Voronkov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UNIDO, and Vladimir Morozov, Vice Rector for Human Resources Policy of MGIMO.

UNIDO Director General LI Yong underlined that today’s agreement with MGIMO creates a mutually beneficial partnership for advancing inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

Deputy Minister Gatilov emphasized the importance of sharing MGIMO’s expertise and knowledge with other institutions, policy makers, industrial development practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders to promote sustainable industrial development in the region and beyond.

MGIMO students and graduates will participate in the UNIDO Internship Programme and MGIMO professionals will be able to benefit from the UNIDO Partner Experts Programme by working for UNIDO at different levels for up to two years. 

Furthermore, the parties committed themselves to engaging in academic and capacity development activities for experts, policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders working in the field of sustainable industrial development, through training initiatives and conferences on topics related to UNIDO’s mandate.

MGIMO is an academic institution run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, and is widely considered the most elite university in Russia. It was dubbed the "Harvard of Russia" by US statesman, Henry Kissinger, because it educates so many of Russia's political, economic, and intellectual elite. MGIMO provides broad opportunities for higher education and professional development, and conducts research in the fields relevant to UNIDO’s mandate, including public administration, business, economics, trade, energy and ecology.

For more information contact:

Solomiya Omelyan,

Programme Officer,

Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia

Department of Regional Programmes and Field Representation

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