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UNIDO fosters partnerships for development cooperation in the European region

VIENNA – Avenues to strengthen cooperation amidst emerging challenges and opportunities in the global development landscape were explored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at its regional conference titled “Reinforcing partnerships for development cooperation in the European region”.

Understanding the implications of emerging corporate due diligence laws for SMEs in developing countries

GENEVA - The development of due diligence legislation must be more SME-inclusive. Speakers at a session titled “From Free Trade to Fair Trade: implication for SMEs in developing countries”, held at the margins of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Public Forum 2022 discussed the impact that emerging mandatory corporate due diligence legislation have on SMEs in developing countries.

Director General’s reforms make UNIDO an organization fit for the future

VIENNA - In a letter to member states, Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has announced reforms to make the specialized agency ready to address challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and a global food and energy crisis.

UNIDO, Philippines to work on food security, innovation and climate change

MANILA, 29 September 2022 – Gerd Müller, Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Carlos D. Sorreta, Undersecretary for Multilateral and International Economic Relations at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, met to discuss further strengthening of cooperation and sign a Joint Declaration.

The Philippines: making money making e-waste safe

MANILA - The United Nations’ most recent Global E-Waste Monitor report estimates that electronic waste generated worldwide will exceed 74 million metric tonnes by 2030. Higher consumption of electrical and electronic equipment, as well as short life cycles and limited repair options, will drive the increase.

Positive trend in manufacturing continues, although at a moderating pace

VIENNA - The most recent data on manufacturing for the second quarter of 2022 show that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis kept weakening on a global level.

Bamboo: an innovative and sustainable solution to environmental protection and income generation

BALI – For a first-hand look at the possibilities and potential of bamboo as a sustainable construction material, UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller visited PT Indobamboo Lestari, a company that manufactures a wide range of components which can replace wood, plastic, steel and concrete products used in construction and more.

Fourth edition of UNIDO’s regional training on gender and industry delivered for Latin America and the Caribbean

BOGOTÁ – With the financial support of Norway, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) delivered a Regional Training on Gender Equality and Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development for stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Tropical seaweed farming: an innovative solution to key global problems

BALI, 24 September 2022 - Taking the opportunity presented by his participation in the nearby G20 Ministerial Meeting, UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller visited PT Sea Six Energy Indonesia in Nusa Dua, Bali. Sea Six Energy is a company that envisions a future powered by the potential of the oceans and operates as a hub for innovative technologies for sustainable, large-scale, and mechanized ocean farming, particularly of seaweed.

UNIDO, Indonesia agree to deepen cooperation on sustainable energy, food security and market access

BALI, 23 September 2022 – On the margins of the G20 Trade, Investment and Industry Ministerial Meeting, UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller sat down for talks with Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, and Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita.

The G20 must live up to its development finance commitment

BALI - UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller took part in the G20 Trade, Investment and Industry Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia. While addressing the plenary session on sustainable industrialization, Müller called on the G20 countries to live up to their commitment to meet the UN target of 0.7% of gross national income for development funding.

US joins Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative

Pittsburgh, 23 September – The United States has joined 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.

Bridging the industrial skills gap in Uganda by investing in people

KAMPALA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and its partners, including the Government of Japan, the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT), and Komatsu Ltd., have jointly launched the Mechanical Engineering Training and Advisory Centre (METRAC) in Luwero, Uganda, which is the first dedicated training centre for road construction equipment operators.

The Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa to focus on green energy and energy access at the UNGA

VIENNA – On the margins of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) will organize a high-level event, “Accelerating energy access and green transition for Africa’s inclusive and sustainable industrialization”.

UN-led coalition to release targets to cut carbon from public construction projects

Pittsburgh – New international targets to cut carbon emissions from public construction projects – from new buildings to roads and bridges – will be released by a global coalition of public and private organizations led by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

UNIDO and HUAWEI collaborate to facilitate technological innovation and entrepreneurship for economic and social development

SHENZHEN – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), participating in the HUAWEI GLOBAL Startup Summit, themed “Foreseeing the Power of Entrepreneurs” agreed to cooperate through the HUAWEI CLOUD Startup Program for global scientific advancement and technological progress to support economic and social development.

UNIDO brings experts together to discuss skills for resilience

VIENNA – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to explore and exchange views on the importance of skills to foster resilience. 

UNIDO ITPO Tokyo sharing knowledge and best practices on how to attract investments and technology from Japan

TOKYO - A webinar “How to Succeed in Attracting Investment and Technology from Japan” organized by UNIDO ITPO Tokyo took place as a side event of the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) in Tunisia. The seminar discussed investment promotion and technology transfer from Japan to Africa. 

UNIDO and Switzerland renew commitment to promoting quality and standards

VIENNA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Switzerland, through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), today signed the second phase of the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP), a CHF 14 million (approximately US$14.5 million)  programme extension to consolidate and scale up joint work initiated in 2017.

Strengthening the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices to attract sustainable investments for innovative technology and knowledge transfer in Ethiopia’s textile and garment sectors

ADDIS ABABA – Improved Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices – next to price and quality of products – are key success factors for competitive textile and apparel industries - that was the main message reflected at the international conference on triangular cooperation to promote sustainable textile investments and operations in Ethiopia.