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UNIDO training course on integrating industrial policy and the circular economy

FERRARA, 3 December 2022 - There is growing awareness that the world cannot continue to increase the consumption of materials. Resources are limited and the ambition of lower-income countries to climb the ladder of development affects the availability of inputs and economic growth opportunities for future generations.

UNIDO Director General renews call for a ‘Marshall Plan’ with Africa at the African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification

NIAMEY, 26 November - Debt relief for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), local manufacturing capacities, fair access to global financial markets and compensation for damages caused by climate change are the necessary actions for Africa’s accelerated growth, said United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General, Gerd Müller.

UNIDO's investment project preparation and appraisal (IPPA) e-learning course

VIENNA, 23 November - UNIDO releases a new online course on investment project preparation and appraisal (IPPA). The course aims to support investment promotion agencies and investment promotion institutions in creating and developing bankable investment opportunities to enhance financial flows through mobilizing domestic investments and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to accelerate sustainable economic growth in their countries.

UNIDO to advise Mexican state Tabasco on industrial policy

VILLAHERMOSA, 18 November 2022 – Mexico’s economy has flourished over the past three decades, mainly thanks to a free-trade pact with the United States and Canada, which has driven exports, but progress has been uneven. Along the northern border with the US and in central states, factories produce cars, aircraft parts and medical equipment, while, by contrast, the southern states are still looking for a productive niche. Tabasco’s economy has fared better than those of neighbouring states in the south of the country, but the authorities want to diversify.

UNIDO, Festo Didactic renew their partnership

VIENNA, 29 November 2022– The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Festo Didactic have renewed their commitment to the partnership by signing a renewed Joint Declaration incorporating new areas of collaboration reflecting UNIDO’s vision of “Progress by Innovation”.

Agro-industrial parks: a proven policy tool in line with the aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want

NIAMEY, 24 November 2022 - “The creation of five large agro-industrial zones, one in each region of Africa, will serve as major agricultural hubs on the continent, and it is time to stimulate private and public investments in the agro-industries,” said African Union’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment, Josefa Sacko.

The Blue Agenda in Indonesia to accelerate sustainable ocean development

NUSA DUA, 14 November 2022 - The Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment, together with eight United Nations agencies, including UNIDO and its international development partners, launched the National Blue Agenda Actions Partnership (NBAAP) on the margins of the 17th G20 Leaders’ Summit in Bali. This new partnership aimed at supporting the Government of Indonesia in accelerating progress toward achieving the National Medium-Term Development Plan on the blue agenda.  This initiative will help drive achievement toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Jordan presents its AI Strategy and Implementation Roadmap

SWEIMEH, 17 November 2022 - The Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship of Jordan (MoDEE), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (UN ESCWA) and the European Union Delegation in Jordan presented the country’s  Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy and Implementation Roadmap for Jordan (2023-2027) at the 9th edition of the MENA ICT Forum 2022.

Industrial policy for the energy transition

VIENNA, 21 November 2022 – During the fiftieth session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Industrial Development Board (IDB), guest speakers addressed representatives of Member States at a special event, Industrial Policy for the Energy Transition.

Director General at the fiftieth session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB)

VIENNA, 23 November 2022 – At the opening of the fiftieth session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Director General Gerd Müller briefed representatives of UNIDO’s Member States about the recently completed restructuring of the organization, saying he was making UNIDO fit for the future. 

Boosting Africa’s industrialization through South-South and triangular cooperation

VIENNA, 24 November: “The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is committed to stimulating South-South and triangular cooperation as a means of accelerating Africa’s industrialization as it will lead to greater innovation and opportunities for developing countries to learn from each other and share good practices”, said Managing Director Fatou Haidara.

Taking investment promotion to the global level - an example to replicate

SANTO DOMINGO, 16 November 2022 - Diplomatic missions of the Dominican Republic pioneered the use of UNIDO’s Invest in ACP Platform for global investment promotion efforts by digitally showcasing the country’s investment opportunities to potential global investors. Investment opportunities and investment-related information available on the Invest in ACP Platform provides precision targeting of specific investors based on opportunity type, sector, source of investment markets and size.

Boosting reliable and accurate industrial data in Africa through the African Industrial Observatory and Industrialization Index

NIAMEY, 24 November 2022 - Availability of quality data, leading to better qualitative analyses and accurate forecasts for the formulation of sound industrial policies on the African continent, is getting a boost with the launch of the African Industrial Observatory (AIO) and the African Industrialization Index (AII).

From the African COP27 to the Africa Industrialization Summit

VIENNA, 20 November - Africa has been and remains the top focus of UNIDO’s efforts to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

Progress by Innovation: Solutions for People and Planet - UNIDO at COP27

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 18 November - The driving motto of UNIDO’s engagement at COP27 was ‘Progress by Innovation – Solutions for People and Planet' to support developing countries and transition economies in low carbon industrial and economic development. The organization established new climate partnerships and programmes and positioned itself as a key partner for a just energy transition through its work on green hydrogen, decarbonization of industry, innovative climate funding and circular economy.

Meeting climate targets through circular bio-based solutions

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 17 November 2022 – The aim of the bioeconomy is to unlock the full potential of all types of sustainably sourced biomass, including residual biomass, such as crop residues, industrial side-streams and food waste, as well as organic municipal waste, by transforming it into value-added products.

Japan and Sweden join Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 16 November 2022 – At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), Japan and Sweden have announced they are joining the Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI) – an international coalition of public and private organizations that are working to decarbonize heavy industries, starting with the steel, cement and concrete sectors.

GCIP: advancing cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 15 November 2022 – The second phase of UNIDO’s Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) was officially launched on the margins of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 27).

UNIDO and EU support Armenia to develop its quality infrastructure system

YEREVAN, 10 November 2022 – The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, UNIDO and the Delegation of European Union (EU) to Armenia launched a project entitled “Support to Quality Infrastructure in Armenia”.

Bringing Azerbaijan’s innovation ecosystem to a new level

VIENNA, 14 November 2022 - Increasing national capacities in the application of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and accelerating the digital transformation are priorities for Azerbaijan. Over the past two years, the Government of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have been working together to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and unlock the country’s potential for digital transformation.