VIENNA, 28 November – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) hosted its Fourth Donor Meeting today as part of the seventeenth session of the UNIDO General Conference.
The Meeting highlighted the contribution of donors to UNIDO’s work. It also provided an insight into UNIDO’s work on the ground and the Organization’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A series of panel discussions focused on some of UNIDO’s top donors, including the European Union, Finland, Japan and Sweden. Several success stories were presented, with panels featuring representatives of donor countries, as well as direct beneficiaries.
Japan collaborates with UNIDO on a wide range of projects from fostering technology transfer through the Low-Carbon Low-Emission Clean Energy Technology Transfer programme to creating sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by the influx of Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon.
During the first panel session, Miguele Makari, an interior design student from Lebanon who participated in skills training under the UNIDO-Japan Furniture Project, spoke of how the Government of Japan had “given the trainees hope” and “empowered them to feel confident about finding a job” by funding the project.
A partnership between Sweden, Finland and UNIDO supports the development of industrial skills, and in the second panel, the discussion highlighted progress made towards establishing efficient, market-oriented vocational training systems in Africa.
Quality Infrastructure is a key theme for the cooperation between the European Union and UNIDO, and the third panel session explored how a UNIDO project in Nigeria is strengthening the National Quality Infrastructure and helping dried bean producers to overcome trade barriers. As a result of UNIDO’s intervention, renewed exports could potentially create more than 20,000 additional jobs.
“Partnerships and adaptability” were key themes of the meeting, as highlighted by the Deputy to the Director General of UNIDO, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi. Per-Einar Tröften, from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) stated that for SIDA, “working with the private sector is the best and most effective way to reach the SDGs.”
“A multilateral approach, as our own experience shows, is key to achieving inclusive and sustainable industrialization,” affirmed the Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong.
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