NEW YORK, 20 November 2017 – UNIDO celebrated Africa Industrialization Day at UN Headquarters by organizing a panel discussion about the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and issues related to industrialization. The panel included H.E. Lazarous Kapambwe, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations, who delivered a comprehensive analysis from the member state perspective, as well as experts from the Brookings Institution, McKinsey & Company and UNCTAD.

BRUSSELS, 20 November 2017 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) celebrated Africa Industrialization Day (AID) at the UN House in Brussels with a special guest, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta and patron of Global Africa. The event, co-organized with the African Union, involved more than 70 participants representing African countries, the European Union and UN agencies.

VIENNA, 20 November – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization brought together a wide range of African Ministers, senior policymakers, academics, representatives of UN organizations and entrepreneurs to mark Africa Industrialization Day (AID), as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1989.

The purpose of AID is to raise global awareness of the industrialization challenges faced by the continent and to mobilize both African leaders and international organizations to advocate for the accelerated and sustainable industrialization of Africa.

BONN, 17 November 2017- The interaction of climate change with food security and public health was the main theme of the seminar, “What You Eat Matters” that took place during the UN Climate Change Conference, COP23.

BUON MA THUOT, 10 November - Despite Viet Nam’s leading global position in Robusta coffee exports, the sector is at risk. Changing weather patterns mean that Vietnamese farmers and processors now face various environmental and economic challenges.  These include water shortages, soil degradation and declining income due to unreliable drying methods, deteriorating coffee quality and sliding prices on the international market.

BONN, 15 November – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, has re-affirmed his organization’s support for the 44 members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

“UNIDO will continue to support small island developing states (SIDS) to respond to the challenges of climate change and we will also support your need for economic development that leads to job creation”, Li told the gathering of delegates during the first day of the high-level segment of the COP23.  

LUSAKA, 16 November 2017 – Zambia’s Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) laboratories have been accredited by the Southern African Development Community Accreditation Services (SADCAS) in the scope of chemical analysis, bacteriology and serology.

VIENNA, 10 November - A delegation representing the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) has visited the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to discuss accreditation and future cooperation.

Jacek Cukrowski, Chief of UNIDO’s Europe and Central Asia Division, welcomed the visit of the delegation and confirmed that among some 50 projects in total in China, 29 were related to green industry, the promotion of which relied heavily on the construction of National Quality Infrastructure (NQI).

SANTIAGO DE CHILE, 13 November 2017 – Chile seeks to deepen its cooperation with Russia through the promotion of robotics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, according to Cristián Toloza Castillo, an official from the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The 'Advanced Russian Technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean' workshop, co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and held in Santiago de Chile from 8-11 November, provided a platform to unite the private and public sectors of these industries. .

NAKHONPATHOM, 3 November 2017 – The winners of the 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for small and medium enterprises in Thailand were today announced during an awards ceremony in Nakhonpathom.

This year, the main prize went to a company called PAC, for its heat recovery technology, which uses an air conditioning system for hot water generation.