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Niger to host African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification, 20-25 November 2022

NIAMEY – Preparations for the African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification got a boost with the signing of an agreement between the African Union and the host country Niger.

UNIDO launches knowledge platform to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 9 in Latin America and the Caribbean

VIENNA –  Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Mireya Muñoz Mera, Ambassador of Ecuador to Austria and President of the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean countries (GRULAC), have officially launched the SDG 9 Accelerator Platform – www.sdg9accelerator.org.

Iraq: building engineering capacity for sustainable hydraulic infrastructure management

MOSUL – In partnership with Vienna’s University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Austria are working together to strengthen Iraq’s technical education at the tertiary level.

Industrial policy and circular economy course for policymakers from Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia

VIENNA - Trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of production and consumption along product value chains are not sustainable in the long term.

Without gender equality, the sustainable energy transition cannot be achieved

NEW YORK – In the framework of the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with UN Women, Finland, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), co-hosted a side event entitled, “The Gender and Energy Compact: Catalyzing action for a just, inclusive and gender-responsive energy transition”.

Boost for women entrepreneurs in Armenia

YEREVAN - Thirty-two women entrepreneurs have developed business plans for new or existing businesses after completing eight online modules as part of a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) programme.

Public capacities, bureaucrats: the often-understated enablers of industrial development

VIENNA – There is “strong evidence of the need to invest in policymaking capacities to foster science, technology and innovation, and industrial development”.

Manufacturing sector recovery continues but future is unpredictable

VIENNA- The most recent data on global manufacturing production, covering the fourth quarter of 2021, confirm the recovery of the world economy and its manufacturing sector, albeit with seasonal, regional and sectoral differences.

Director General meets EU partners in Brussels to strengthen the cooperation between UNIDO and the European Union

BRUSSELS – During his mission to Brussels, the UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller, was invited to address the Development Committee of the European Parliament (DEVE).

UNIDO and European Investment Bank to enhance cooperation on promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development

LUXEMBOURG - Meeting at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg, Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), have signed a Joint Declaration to enhance cooperation related to investment operations in the field of private sector development, with a particular focus on inclusive and sustainable industrialization, innovation and resilient infrastructure.

New publication on making standards work for sustainable development

VIENNA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched a new publication titled “Making Standards Work for Sustainable Development: UNIDO and ISO – a longstanding partnership”.

Director General visits IAEA laboratories, says innovation is key to solving global hunger and climate change

VIENNA - How nuclear science helps to control pests, can add to food safety, and allows us to develop new crops - these were some of the topics covered during last week's visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) laboratories in Seibersdorf by Gerd Müller, the new Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

UNIDO and International Organization of the Francophonie join forces for investment promotion

DUBAI - Fatou Haidara, UNIDO Managing Director for Corporate Management and Operations, has represented UNIDO at the investment forum, “Investir en Francophonie”, at the World Expo Dubai (UAE). 

Director General meets heads of World Bank and IMF

MUNICH - During the Munich Security Conference, 17-19 February, the new Director General of UNIDO, Gerd Müller, met with David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, and with Kristalina Georgieva, Chair and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Japan continues to support UNIDO’s activities in Africa

VIENNA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan are continuing to deliver on their pledge to support African countries on their path to progress towards the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as building back better from COVID-19.

Improving the quality of post-harvest processes in Ghana’s rice value chain

ACCRA - Rice is an important crop in Ghana, with a steady increase in consumption over recent decades due to population growth, urbanization and changes in consumer habits.

UNIDO DG Gerd Müller calls for a strong AU-EU partnership on climate and energy at EU Industry Days 2022

BRUSSELS – Gerd Müller, UNIDO Director General intervened at the EU Industry days and stressed the importance of global solidarity to achieve the twin green and digital transition.

Flanders and UNIDO announce joint project to accelerate South Africa’s transition to a green economy

PRETORIA - The Flemish Government has committed 2.4 million Euro (approx. R41m) to a project aiming to strengthen the adaptation capacity for a green and resilient economy in South Africa.

Support for Suriname’s pineapple sector: UN Joint SDG Fund approves 3ADI+ proposal

ROME/VIENNA– The United Nations Joint Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Fund has awarded a US$2m grant to boost Suriname’s pineapple sector through a programme that will benefit indigenous and other rural communities.

Boost for Sri Lanka’s cinnamon producers as EU agrees protected geographical indication

VIENNA- Sri Lanka’s application to the European Union for a protected geographical indication for Ceylon cinnamon has succeeded. The application, developed with the technical support of UNIDO, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22 June 2020 and received a favourable decision from the European Commission on 2 February 2022.