Liaison Office Brussels
The UNIDO Brussels Office (BRO) works to strengthen UNIDO’s position as a partner of choice for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) among the European Union institutions, including the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Groups of States and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF).
The office also engages in outreach, representation and policy dialogue with the governments, private sector, Think Tanks, NGOS and other partners in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.
Foreword from the Representative
The international community, including the European Union and the United Nations, is subject to changing global power dynamics. In this evolving environment, the EU has had a remarkably stable presence alongside UNIDO and has increasingly shaped a unique cooperation portfolio to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Overall, the European Union is UNIDO’s largest donor of voluntary contribution from governmental sources, with a contribution to TC programmes of more than 20% in 2019.
European Commission President von der Leyen’s strong pledges towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the support for robust multilateral systems are opportunities to deepen partnership with the UN / UNIDO.
On AFRICA, the development of a new comprehensive strategy shall create a partnership of equals and mutual interest through trade and investment partnerships. UNIDO, as UN convener of the UNGA resolution for “Industrial Decade for Development of Africa” (IDDA III), provides its full support to build and deliver this new strategy for Africa.
UNIDO and the European Union strategic dialogues are engaged in priorities, such as the Circular Economy, long-term strategy for an industrial future, energy-efficiency and renewable-energy, strategy on sustainable food and foresight; these and many more are setting the foundation for an enhanced UNIDO and the European Union international partnership. Migration origin and transit, as well as gender equality and the empowerment of women are also top priorities in UNIDO to support European Union cooperation.
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Best wishes, Patrick J. GILABERT