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UNIDO and SECO launch second phase of Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme

07 September 2023

SECO signing

BERN, 7 September 2023 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have embarked on a new chapter of collaboration with agreement on a second phase of the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP).

The GEIPP helps emerging economies to create more competitive and sustainable industrial parks by adopting circular economy practices and advancing climate change mitigation strategies.

At a ceremony in the federal capital of Switzerland, UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller, and the Swiss State Secretary, Helene Budliger Artieda, signed a letter of agreement on a second phase of the GEIPP with a CHF17.7m contribution from SECO.

GEIPP II will span five years, facilitating comprehensive programme implementation across industrial parks in several countries. These parks will receive comprehensive technical assistance, with a strong emphasis on enhancing their park management, and environmental, social and economic performance.

GEIPP II's aspirations extend beyond national borders, focusing on fostering international collaboration and cross-country learning. A pivotal aspect of this phase involves the development of eco-industrial park recognition schemes and standards, based on the International Framework for Eco-Industrial Parks developed by UNIDO, the World Bank and GIZ.

For more information, please contact:

Christian Susan, UNIDO Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency Unit