Last week, the Italian Ambassador, Alessandro Cortese, and the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, signed funding arrangements for three projects financed by the Italian Government.
At the signing, Ambassador Cortese, Italy’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, said, “The unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world off course planned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. . Italy remains committed to working with UNIDO with the aim of rebuilding and ensuring a more just, inclusive, sustainable, resilient and greener future, including through the G20 Presidency and the co-Presidency COP26. “
UNIDO’s Li noted that the three projects are proof that international cooperation is essential to overcome the global crisis and to accelerate progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda, adding, “With the continued assistance of the Government of Italy, one of UNIDO’s main donors, UNIDO has been able to fulfill its mandate and encourage inclusive and sustainable industrial development, especially at this time with development progress hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. “
The project, “Operationalization and sustainability of integrated agro-industrial parks (IAIPs) in Ethiopia”, will contribute to the development of the country’s agro-industrial sector and to the creation of decent jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. The development of four IAIPs is the main objective UNIDO Program for Country Partnerships for Ethiopia.
The continent-wide program, “Opportunities for Employment for Youth in Africa” was jointly developed by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNIDO, will accelerate efforts in the field of job creation for African youth, particularly through the development of agribusiness and entrepreneurship.
The third project, “Industrial policies for a circular economy”, will provide specific training programs for policymakers from Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia to promote circular economy practices. This will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Ferrara and the University of Roma Tre.