MINSK, 16 May 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a second conference on leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies for industrial innovation and upgrading in Belarus. Over 80 participants listened to the opening address by Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus, Yuri Chebotar, who emphasized that “you shouldn’t digitalize processes which aren’t optimized first”.

Windhoek, 17 May 2019 – Hosted by the Government of Namibia, the First Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference organized in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) welcomed over 150 southern African and international experts to take stock of the status of industrial energy efficiency in the SADC region, share results and best practices, identify policy recommendations and outline investment prospects.

VIENNA, 20 May 2019 – On the occasion of World Metrology Day, marked on 20 May, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in collaboration with the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML), has published a new technical publication, “Certification of measuring instruments”.

STOCKHOLM, 17 May 2019 – Innovation is integral to a country’s performance, and developing countries need to unleash their innovation potential to facilitate their transition to the digital economy. By becoming the newest liaison member of the Technical Committee of ISO on Innovation Management (ISO/TC 279), UNIDO seeks to strengthen the existing cooperation between the two entities and further disseminate innovation tools, especially to foster entrepreneurship and enhance productivity, in developing countries.
ADDIS ABABA, 13 May 2019 – For more than three decades, UNIDO closely collaborated with private and public partners to develop the Ethiopian leather industry in order to capitalize on the country’s vast raw material and employment potential. With time, the partners’ interventions moved upstream towards increasing value addition, including promoting innovative models in entrepreneurship.
VIENNA, 16 May, 2019 – UNIDO and a delegation from the Government of Slovenia led by Franc Stanonik, Director General of the Directorate for Internal Market at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, held their annual bilateral consultations. The parties took stock of key developments, evaluated achievements and challenges of ongoing and recently implemented projects funded by the Slovenian Government, and discussed expanding their cooperation.
ROME, 15 May 2019 – The Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong, spoke at the opening ceremony of the ‘International Cooperation Expo: job creation and innovation for sustainable development’ (EXCO 2019), which was organized under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the European Commission and IFAD.
VIENNA, 15 MAY 2019 – In recent decades, industrial parks have made important contributions to the restructuring and development of the global economy, generating jobs and increasing incomes, while fostering sustainable, climate-resilient urbanization and contributing to green growth. Over the past three decades, UNIDO has been actively contributing to sustained productivity improvements in industries and industrial parks by implementing pilot projects and providing strategic policy advisory services.

BRUSSELS, 15 May 2019 – The United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO) launched its 2019 Yearbook on Industrial Statistics today at the UN House in Brussels. High quality data is essential to measure and monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and UNIDO plays a pivotal role in data collection, coordination, reporting and validation of statistics for the SDGs, and especially for SDG9.

GENEVA, 14 May 2019 – Industry experts, policymakers, and representatives from the ICT sector, international organizations and academia, have come together to discuss the role of frontier technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things, in combating climate change and achieving a circular economy.