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The Department of Programme and Partnership Coordination (PPC) provides tailored advice on UNIDO’s partnerships with financial institutions (FIs), supported by internal guidelines and toolkits (including guidelines for engaging with FIs), capacity building and knowledge management. It also applies the same approach to partnerships with the business sector.

In terms of wider private-sector engagement, the Department is active in inter-agency, UN and donor networks, missions and events with the goal of working on common and unified guidelines and approaches and to share relevant knowledge products. Examples include UNIDO’s involvement in the informal UN Partnerships Group, which sets out to build a community of good practice that links global, regional and national development efforts across sectors.

Its normative work is also reflected in its advisory role in facilitating UNIDO’s multilateral partnerships with environmental funds, such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Activities geared to ensuring institutional and project-level compliance include training manuals and guideline documents such as the UNIDO Environmental and Social Safeguards Policies and Procedures (ESSPP).

At the national level, UNIDO deploys its innovative flagship Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) model for accelerating ISID in Member States. Aligned with the national development agenda and focused on sectors with high growth potential, the programme supports a country in achieving its industrial development goals. In particular PCPs combine UNIDO’s advisory and normative services, technical assistance and convening functions to deliver an integrated package of services to Member States. UNIDO provides policy and operational guidelines for countries, as well as holding knowledge-sharing events and training.

UNIDO has published the International Guidelines for Industrial Parks providing step-by-step advice on the planning, development and operation of industrial parks for different stakeholders, including regulators, developers, operators, tenants, partners and financial institutions. The Guide fills an existing gap in the area of industrial parks development and management, as well setting basic international standards and serving as a tool to promote international good practices.

To further enhance UNIDO’s work in this area, a knowledge-sharing platform (Sustainable Industrial Parks Platform-SIPP) is under development. Specialized guidelines for agro-food parks are also under development.