BERN, 9 September 2020 - A delegation from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), headed by Director General, LI Yong, has travelled to the Swiss capital to hold talks with Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs.
The UNIDO delegation underlined the strong convergence between Switzerland and UNIDO on key thematic priorities, which are essential for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as to effectively address the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNIDO’s Li thanked the Swiss Government for its strong support for the UN development system reform process and for the UN’s collective response to the crisis. “The pandemic has exposed structural fragilities and the need for swift and coherent collective action,” said Li.
UNIDO and Switzerland enjoy strong ongoing cooperation with the Federal Departments through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN ), in particular in the domains of quality infrastructure, trade and job-creation, as well as resource-efficient and cleaner production.
“The two domains - quality infrastructure and resource efficiency - are for Switzerland of enormous importance and we are very proud of the two global programmes launched just a couple of years ago: The Global Quality and Standards Programme and the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme. They have proven not only to respond to real needs of Switzerland’s priority countries for economic cooperation, but also to be flexible instruments to support them in the current pandemic,” stated Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin.
On this basis, the representatives of both delegations agreed to further deepen and broaden the scope of their regular strategic dialogue to guide their continued close cooperation.
For further information, contact:
Kai Bethke, Director of External Relations, UNIDO