VIENNA, 2 March 2011 - World manufacturing is showing the first signs of recovery from the recent financial crisis, according to the International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2011 published this week by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

In the new publication, UNIDO estimates that the world manufacturing value added (MVA) grew by 5.3 per cent in 2010. Since 2006, it was the first year when industrialized countries had a growing trend of industrial production.

VIENNA, 1 March 2011 – The Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Kandeh K. Yumkella, said today he was “disappointed” by the intention expressed by the United Kingdom to withhold funding from the Organization and other U.N. agencies.

The decision was based on a recent review of the Organization conducted by the Department for International Development (DFID). On Monday, Yumkella discussed the matter with Alan Duncan, MP, Minister of State for International Development, and presented a formal reply to the DFID assessment.

HAMILTON, Canada, 16 February 2011 - Two Iraqi librarians are visiting the McMaster University this week for training that will help in the rebuilding of their war-torn country.

Suzan Azeez Ali and Sawsan Fawzi Mahdi, librarians with the Specialized Institute for Engineering Industries (SIEI), are at McMaster to better understand how to run a 21st century engineering library.

VIENNA, 11 February 2011 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Statoil, a leading international energy company in oil and gas production, will work together to examine the feasibility of common projects to promote sustainable energy access and industry in developing countries.

An agreement on this was signed in Vienna today by UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and Statoil Project Manager for Renewable Energy, Sjur Haugen.

VIENNA, 8 February 2011 – Proposing a policy that would help the Government of Mongolia turn its industrial development goals and projects into reality is the aim of a new report by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) presented in Vienna today.

Up to 90 per cent of Vietnamese businesses are small and medium size  enterprises (SMEs). They play a crucial role in creating jobs,  increasing incomes and contributing to the country’s development.  Despite the global economic and financial crisis, Viet Nam’s SMEs have  retained continuous development in the last few years.

JAKARTA, 24 January 2011 - Creating awareness and fostering “green industry” development in the ASEAN region by expanding and scaling-up the application of resource efficient and cleaner production methods, practices, technologies and policies were the aims of a seminar in the Indonesian capital today.

The event was co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the ASEAN Secretariat.

VIENNA, 24 January 2011 – Ways of dramatically reducing industrial CO2 emissions in the developed and developing countries at acceptable cost are outlined in new studies published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The reports outline a path for the post-Cancun energy and climate agenda, and underline that energy efficiency, renewable energy and CO2 capture and storage need to be combined.

ABU DHABI, 18 January 2011 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that 2012 will be the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All. He was speaking in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit.

FREETOWN, 14 January 2011 - UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, visited the Singimi Falls in Palima, in the country’s southern district of Moyamba, on 12 January to inspect the proposed site of a 10MW hydropower dam that will serve locals, the Njala University and private companies.

“The Moyamba hydropower project is among President Koroma’s top three priority projects and part of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Change, and UNIDO will continue to provide the technical expertise required to assist the Government in implementing the projects,” said Yumkella.