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International Recognition: Passport to global value chains

VIENNA, 15 JUNE 2022 – The West African Accreditation System (SOAC) signed the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) on 5 May 2022 and with the

UNIDO and Foundation FSSC agree on strategic partnership to promote farm-to-fork food safety in low- and middle-income countries

Vienna, 15 June 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Foundation FSSC – a global, non-profit and independent scheme owner that implements ISO-based management systems for global food safety in the consumer goods industry – signed a trust fund agreement to promote farm-to-fork food safety in low- and middle-income countries.

Building capacity on quality of coffee and cocoa in Peru

VIENNA, 15 JUNE 2022 – San Martin is the first national cocoa exporting region and the third coffee exporting region of Peru that has been also receiving support of UNIDO, through its Global Quality and Standards Programme in Peru, to improve the quality of Peruvian coffee and cocoa to boost its exports by strengthening the services of the Quality Infrastructure, supporting the  adoption of standards by the private sector, and promoting a culture of quality. 

Technical guidelines to improve the quality of Peruvian coffee and cocoa

VIENNA, 15 JUNE 2022 – Since November 2020, UNIDO, through the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) in Peru, has been developing 16 guidelines to raise awareness and promote compliance with Peruvian Technical Standards (NTP) for the coffee and cocoa value chains.

UNIDO organized study tour to foster the adoption of eco-industrial park approaches and promote leapfrogging opportunities

VIENNA, 13 JUNE 2022 – Within the framework of its Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP), which is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) organized a study tour on eco-industrial park (EIP) approaches from 5 to 12 June 2022 in Basel, Switzerland.

UNIDO launches the Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development (QI4SD) Index to celebrate World Accreditation Day

VIENNA, 10 JUNE 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) celebrates the 2022 World Accreditation Day themed “Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment” by launching the Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development (QI4SD) Index.

UNIDO and ILO provide training to strengthen aquaculture value chains of Latin America and Caribbean

CENTRAL AMERICA, 10 JUNE 2022 – Within the framework of its project “Promotion of regional coordination in aquaculture value chains for the generation of productive employment in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which is funded by the Trust Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), trained and certified 17 trainers to support the formalization of freshwater fish farmers in El Salvador and Honduras.

Director General Müller to BRICS ministers: “industrial policies can help us decarbonize”

BEIJING, 9 June 2022 - Addressing the 12th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting, held in virtual format and chaired by China, UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller said the world is “facing a triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution,” and called for greater global solidarity because “our prosperity, everyone’s prosperity, depends on a healthy planet!”

UNIDO, Canada and Ghana launch Ghana Circular Economy Centre to support the country’s transition to a circular economy

ACCRA, 7 June 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation (MESTI), have launched the Ghana Circular Economy Centre Project to support the country’s just transition to a circular economy.

United Nations Country Team Thailand and Governors of Thai Provinces commit to the country’s sustainable development

BANGKOK, 6 JUNE 2022 Within the framework of the United Nations’ Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE or UN-PAGE) in Thailand, which is led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a Statement of Commitment to Sustainable Thailand was signed between the United Nations Country Team Thailand and the Governors of Thai Provinces during a high-level event that was opened by Armida Alisjahbana, Under Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary, and by Suttipong Juljarern, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Inter

UNIDO Director General calls for action at Stockholm+50

STOCKHOLM, 3 June 2022 - Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), participated in Stockholm+50, a crucial international environmental meeting, commemorating the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrating 50 years of global environmental action.

EU-UNIDO projects highlight gender equality as key to climate action

STOCKHOLM, 2 June 2022 - Ensuring that women and girls equally lead, participate in and benefit from environmental action are key priorities for the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Speaking at an event held in connection with the Stockholm+50 conference, three women who participate in EU-UNIDO projects around the world told their stories. 

Eurachem Scientific Workshop On Quality Assurance Of Measurements

VIENNA, 30 MAY 2022 – Within the framework of its Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP), which is funded by the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) provided support to the Georgian Laboratory Association (GeLab) by organizing an online scientific workshop from 16 to 18 May 2022.

UNIDO, Sweden, Volvo Group and Epiroc to boost TVET reform and skills development for youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Version française KINSHASA, 1 JUNE 2022 -- The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Sweden, Volvo Group and Epiroc are joining forces to stimulate the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The partnership includes the DRC’s Ministry of Primary, Secondary, and Technical Education, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Industry. 

Global Forum on e-waste management explores Circular Electronics

VIENNA, 27 MAY – Within the framework of the UNIDO-GEF LAC e-waste project, the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations University (UNU) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized the third edition of the E-Waste Academy for Managers (EWAM) online, from 23 to 26 May 2022. During the four-day event, which was attended by a total of over 340 participants, a wide range of international experts explored how to enhance decision-making for sustainable e-waste management systems while fostering cooperation at the national, regional and global levels. The event allowed for information, knowledge and experience sharing related to circularity in electronics and e-waste management – from policies to technologies and from gender perspectives to health impacts.

UNIDO’s Greening Industry and the drive towards SDGs achievement in Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 MAY 2022 – Within the framework of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) ‘Greening the Scrap Metal Value Chain through Promotion of BAT/BEP to Reduce U-POPs Release from Recycling Facilities’ project, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a high level visit was organized in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Industry for Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and Gita Sabharwal, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand.

Through the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF), UNIDO and its partners will support Uruguay´s 2nd energy transition by decarbonizing the transportation and industry sectors

MONTEVIDEO, 17 MAY 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women as well as with the Uruguayan Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, the Ministry of Environment; the National Planning and Budget Office and the National Administration of Power Plants and Electrical Transmissions, launched the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF), an in

IHEC to launch another green hydrogen flagship programme in Inner Mongolia

Photo: IHEC Since its inception on 7 July 2021, and with the support of the Government of China and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Hydrogen Energy Centre (IHEC) has been promoting the development of hydrogen energy, including through the world's largest demonstration project – jointly led by IHEC and Beijing Sinohytec – of hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as more than 850 hydrogen fuel cell buses were used to transport athletes and officials with 9 green hydrogen refueling stations built in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province. In total, the buses operated over 3.2 million kilometers and consumed around 200 tons of green hydrogen, which saved an estimated 2,000 tons of carbon.

UNIDO, Morocco working together on vocational training and skills

CASABLANCA, 17 May 2022 – Globalization and the transition to a green and digital economy are driving demand for workers with new skills and different types of expertise. UNIDO supports high-quality vocational training delivery and is promoting more public-private partnerships to achieve this. It also works on skills development to meet demand and help create jobs.

High-level Cuban delegation visits UNIDO to strengthen cooperation in the framework of the Country Programme (CP) Cuba 2021-2025

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VIENNA, 20 May 2022 – A high-level delegation from the Cuban Ministry of Commerce and Foreign Investment (MINCEX) and BioCubaFarma - the Cuban organization of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries – visited the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Headquarters in Vienna from 16 to 19 May 2022.