UNIDO fosters dynamic dialogue on women’s economic empowerment in Europe and Central Asia

UNIDO fosters dynamic dialogue on women’s economic empowerment in Europe and Central Asia

VIENNA, 8 February 2019 The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) continues to promote a dynamic dialogue on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, also through today’s promotional event titled “UNIDO as a global platform for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment – Initiatives in Europe and Central Asia”.

“UNIDO’s engagement in these initiatives aims at multiplying and diversifying women’s economic opportunities,” said UNIDO Director General LI Yong during his opening remarks. “The importance of concerted efforts by the international community, national governments and the private sector cannot be stressed enough.”

Recent success stories from the Organization’s work in Europe and Central Asia were presented, including the initiatives piloted under the ongoing “UNIDO as a platform to promote women economic empowerment and entrepreneurship” project that is funded by the Government of the Russian Federation. All examples highlighted the indispensable role of women in attaining inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), and showcased many solutions that could be replicated globally.

The Russian Federation continues to be a key UNIDO donor and a champion of women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship; Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly, Galina Karelova, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Gulnaz Kadyrova, and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UNIDO, Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov, all recognized UNIDO’s role in mobilizing international and national partners to pursue the economic empowerment of women. “We are convinced that UNIDO can become a leader in the UN system in this area, of course, with our support and the support of all the Organization’s Member States,” Ambassador Ulyanov said.

Karelova highlighted the need for enhanced cooperation in the field, noting that “our task is to further provide women with the necessary prerequisites for the realization of their intentions, utilizing both our established practices and successful mechanisms and projects from our partners." 

“We realize projects that have added value,” said Kadyrova in her address to the audience, emphasizing the importance of investing in creative industries in order to preserve unique technologies and make them sustainable.

The event also allowed the newly-appointed UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador Veronika Peshkova to share her personal success story as well as her vision on promoting women’s entrepreneurship and leadership. She used the opportunity to introduce an innovative complex development model on women in the economy ecosystem and expressed assurance that “the successful stories from Russia can be replicated on a global level.”

The event gathered over 180 persons, including representatives of Permanent Missions and high-level officials from the Russian Federation.

Read the opening remarks of UNIDO Director General LI Yong here.

Take a look at the event's Flickr album here.

Find out more about the event here.

For more information, please contact:

Solomiya Omelyan

Programme Officer

UNIDO Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia