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LEON, Mexico, 30 September 2009 – Strengthening interregional cooperation, developing innovative partnerships to scale up investments in renewable energy for productive use, and identifying policies and initiatives to encourage a market-led dissemination of renewables worldwide will be the focus of a conference that opens in León on 7 October. 

The three-day Global Renewable Energy Forum is organized by the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

UNIDO has helped India “rediscover” bamboo – an eco-friendly material that can contribute to income and employment generation.

A long period of armed conflict between the Government and rebels in the north-east of Uganda created extreme poverty conditions with virtually no opportunities.

Once the conflict calmed down, the Uganda Veterans Assistance Board (UVAB) was incepted to facilitate the reconciliation and reintegration of former rebels and their dependants into a peaceful, sustainable and productive civilian life.

UNIDO's Egyptian Traceability Centre for Agro-Industrial Exports (ETRACE) ensures that food products are safe for consumption and suited for export. ETRACE helps farmers and producers comply with international quality, safety and traceability standards and regulations.

The Organization's proven track record in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol is duly complemented by UNIDO's ability to innovate and to think "outside the box" as well as by its ability to tackle new challenges.

Through its numerous activities related to Energy and Environment, UNIDO actively contributes to MDG7 (Environmental Sustainability).

UNIDO reaches out to underserved communities through its partnerships with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.
Governments, development agencies and multinational companies have to complement each others’ efforts to increase the benefits for developing countries. As such, UNIDO has partnered with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard to reach out to underserved communities – with information and communication technology (ICT) programmes that generate job opportunities and support economic growth.

UNIDO, beside UNEP, UNDP and the World Bank is one of the four implementing agencies of the Multilateral Fund. The main objective of the Multilateral Fund is to assist developing country parties to the Montreal Protocol to comply with the control measures of the Protocol.

According to the result of the combined evaluation, UNIDO scored 95 out of 100 possible points and has achieved the rank of first implementing agency by Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol for the year 2008.

Iraq's country strategy to eliminate ozone-depleting substances is on track after being approved at the 58th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
Iraq wants to eliminate ozone depleting substances (ODS) such as CFCs from its refrigeration and foam industries by 1 January 2010 in accordance with the target set under the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty set up to protect the ozone layer.

“Seal the Deal” is a UN campaign calling for a fair, balanced and effective post-Kyoto climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference (popularly known as COP 15), to be held from 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen.