India and UNIDO strengthen partnership for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

NEW DELHI, 14 April 2021 - The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), have signed an agreement to establish a Facility for International Cooperation on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (FIC-ISID).

Investment and technology transfer from Germany as driver for economic development in Europe and Africa

BONN/BRUSSELS, 24 March 2021 - The UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Germany, in partnership with UNIDO Brussels Liaison Office, hosted the third UNIDO local event in the framework of EU Industry Week 2021 on the role of investments and technology transfer as driver for economic development in Europe and Africa.

UNIDO at the WTO 2021 Aid for Trade Stocktaking event

GENEVA, 23-25 March 2021 – Taking stock of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trade and development, and charting a new way forward for the WTO-led Aid for Trade Initiative were the main objectives of a virtual event taking place from 23 to 25 March.

Japan and UNIDO to help train auto mechanics in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, 23 March 2021 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan will work together to help Sierra Leone bridge the skills gap in the country’s automotive repair and maintenance sector and to promote decent employment opportunities for youth.

Women’s leadership for climate-neutral and circular industries

VIENNA, 19 March 2021 - The post-pandemic economic recovery measures represent a unique opportunity to harness women’s full potential to reshape industrial development towards environmentally sound production, consumption and waste management practices. In this context, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Finland have organized an online side event in the framework of the 65th session on the Commission on the Status of Women.

UNIDO and partners publish a new Mini-Grid Policy Development Guide

VIENNA, 17 March 2021 – A mini-grid is a set of small-scale electricity generators interconnected to a distribution network that supplies electricity to a small, localized group of customers and operates independently from the national transmission grid. Mini-grids are a critical tool for achieving universal electricity access.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurates Yirgalem Integrated Agro-Industrial Park in Sidama State, Ethiopia

YIRGALEM, Ethiopia, 13 March 2021 - Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minster of Ethiopia and other senior government officials have inaugurated a second Integrated Agro-Industrial Park (IAIP) in Yirgalem, in the south-central Sidama state.

The digital future of sustainable industrial manufacturing in Italy and beyond

BRUSSELS/ROME, 10 March 2021 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO has organized a second virtual dialogue in the framework of the European Union (EU) Industry Week 2021.

UNIDO and Japan to support Egypt with alternative approach to single-use plastics production and consumption

VIENNA, 9 March 2021 – Masaki Noke, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt, and Bassel El Khatib, Director and UNIDO Representative of the Regional Hub in Egypt, have signed an exchange of notes as a joint commitment to promote circular economy practices in Egypt’s single-use plastics value chain in order to reduce plastic waste leaking into the environment.

One year of COVID-19: a two-speed manufacturing recovery

The most recent data, covering the last three months of 2020, confirm that manufacturing is gradually recovering across the world, following a major drop during the first half of the year due to COVID-19. However, the pace of recovery is unequal. While manufacturing production in some countries, such as China, has already reached and exceeded its pre-crisis production level, in other countries, the upturn continues at a more gradual pace.

UNIDO EU Industry Week webinar series starts with a focus on investment and technology promotion

VIENNA, 4 March 2021 - UNIDO has organized three events during the EU Industry Week 2021, run by the European Commission’s Directorate General of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (DG GROW) .

Innovative finance mechanism to support Uruguay’s energy transition approved by Joint SDG Fund

MONTEVIDEO, 1 March 2021 - A joint UN proposal in Uruguay, with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) acting as lead agency, seconded by UNDP and UN Women, has been approved by the United Nations Joint Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Fund. This was announced today as part of a Joint SDG Fund US$41m portfolio to catalyze strategic financing to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals.

Italy and UNIDO remain committed to work together to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

VIENNA, 1 March 2021 – Last week, the Italian Ambassador, Alessandro Cortese, and the Director General of the UNIDO, LI Yong, signed funding arrangements for three projects financed by the Government of Italy.

UNIDO works to scale up the ICT start-up ecosystem in Iran

TEHRAN, 16 February 2021 - Together with its national counterparts from the Information Technology Organization of Iran’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies and in partnership with the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is taking the next step to implement the project, “Promoting and upscaling innovative SMEs in the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Launch of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency

22 February 2021 – Bringing together governments and relevant networks and organizations, the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) aims to provide a global impetus to initiatives related to the circular economy transition, resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production patterns, and inclusive and sustainable industrialization.

UNIDO report identifies first steps towards strengthening Moldova’s national innovation system

VIENNA, 19 February 2021 – UNIDO has published "The Innovation Ecosystem in Moldova", a report that presents a preliminary analysis of Moldova’s research and innovation ecosystem.

UNIDO and Japan continue to support a sustainable tuna fish value chain in Iran

TEHRAN, 17 February 2021 - The Government of Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed a funding agreement for a project to promote the sustainable development of the tuna value chain in the Chabahar region of Iran.

Entrepreneurs give their take on private sector development in the Sahel

BRUSSELS, 11 February 2021 - The Sahel countries - Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad - face many challenges, including chronic insecurity, rising extremism, a lack of economic prospects, and poor access to education, employment and essential services, such as water and electricity.

UNIDO and Switzerland to support the beef value chain in Costa Rica

VIENNA, 9 February 2021 – As part of the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) designed to encourage systematic trade development along specific value chains, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will support Costa Rica in achieving compliance with the European Union regulations and quality standards.