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Guided by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals and UNIDO’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, we have taken on ambitious socio-economic goals, from gender equality to climate action, promoting a role for everyone, irrespective of age, gender, race or disability.

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UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division supports global climate action, by helping governments and industries to adopt climate-friendly technologies and practices, so as to promote industrial and economic growth, while safeguarding the environment.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division helps governments introduce circular economy strategies and policies and works directly with industries to put these into action, by transforming their linear production models of “take, make, dispose” to the circular economy approach of “reduce, reuse, repair, redesign, remanufacture, recycle, and recover”.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division promotes the development and adoption of new technologies, to redesign production models and eliminate the need for harmful substances. This offers great opportunities to increase the efficiency of industrial processes, while reducing the technology gap among countries, increasing employment opportunities and contributing to competitiveness and sustainable economic growth.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division works with governments to mainstream gender in sustainable development policies and interventions, as well as industries and institutions to deliver targeted actions to promote gender equality. This requires careful planning and dedicated training, to promote gender equality and women empowerment throughout the entire project cycle.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division encourages the engagement of young adults in the development and implementation of sustainable development interventions. UNIDO offers training and capacity building to young adults, to build opportunities for future and better employment.

UNIDO’s Montreal Protocol Division plays a leading role in fostering partnerships with the private and public sectors, donors, and specialized agencies to contribute towards the implementation of industrial development projects. We promote south-south and triangular cooperation, through the transfer of technology, knowledge exchange and capacity building, to harness the full potential of our interventions and scale-up the benefits of sustainable industrial development.

  • Building back better: US$17.8m for UNIDO projects in support of ozone protection and climate action
    Building back better: US$17.8m for UNIDO projects in support of ozone protection and climate action

    VIENNA, 18 December 2020 - In the midst of the global pandemic, the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MLF) has successfully organized two intersessional approval processes to ensure continued funding for developing count

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  • UNIDO celebrates World Refrigeration Day with partners
    UNIDO celebrates World Refrigeration Day with partners

    VIENNA, 26 June 2020 – On World Refrigeration Day 2020, the Montreal Protocol Division of UNIDO, in collaboration with the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat, organized an online webinar on the impact and importance of refrigeration.

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  • New UNIDO study helps manufacturers understand net benefits and costs of different energy-efficient refrigeration design options
    New UNIDO study helps manufacturers understand net benefits and costs of different energy-efficient refrigeration design options

    VIENNA, 22 June 2020  - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched its latest guidance document supporting domestic and commercial refrigeration manufacturers seeking to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project is funded by the

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  • Albania moves ahead with inclusive and sustainable industrial development
    Albania moves ahead with inclusive and sustainable industrial development

    VIENNA, 13 March 2020 – UNIDO and the Government of the Republic of Albania have agreed a comprehensive programmatic framework to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development over the next five years.

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  • Albania steps up fight against climate change
    Albania steps up fight against climate change

    TIRANA, 18 January 2019 – Albania has ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. It will reduce use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases used mainly in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment, which are thousands of times more harmful to the climate than CO2.

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  • UNIDO, Italy support small manufacturers in Iran to comply with global environmental agreements
    UNIDO, Italy support small manufacturers in Iran to comply with global environmental agreements

    TEHRAN, 20 November 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Iran’s National Ozone Unit (NOU) today organized a workshop in Tehran to formulate a technical and business strategy to support small manufacturers of refrigeration equipment and insulation material with th

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  • UNIDO catalyzes interministerial cooperation to assist young Afghan technicians dealing with climate friendly but flammable substances
    UNIDO catalyzes interministerial cooperation to assist young Afghan technicians dealing with climate friendly but flammable substances

    KABUL, 4 October 2018 – An important milestone has been reached today in a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project in Afghanistan focusing on the phase out of ozone-depleting substances – hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) – in the country, as two key stakeholders signed an a

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  • Climate-friendly supermarket refrigeration installed in Jordan
    Climate-friendly supermarket refrigeration installed in Jordan

    AMMAN, 27 February 2018 – One of the most advanced refrigeration systems for supermarkets using CO2 as refrigerant was inaugurated in Jordan today. The official ceremony to unveil the new refrigeration system took place today at the Al Salam supermarket in Amman in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment, Ahmad Al Qatarneh, representing the Minister of Environment, Nayef Al Fayez.

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  • Greening industry to preserve our planet for future generations
    Greening industry to preserve our planet for future generations

    VIENNA, 8 November 2017 - With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) underway in Bonn, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is restating its support for the Paris Agreement as a crucial step towards achieving a greener, sustainable future. Industry is the single large

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  • Yemen’s Minister of Trade and Commerce holds “fruitful” discussions with Director General of UNIDO
    Yemen’s Minister of Trade and Commerce holds “fruitful” discussions with Director General of UNIDO

    VIENNA, 24 November 2017 – On the sidelines of the 7th Least Developed Countries (LDC) Ministerial Conference, hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mohammed Al-Maitami, Minister of Trade and Commerce of the Republic of Yemen, has met the UNIDO Director General, L

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