Cortese to UNIDO’s Board: working together for a more inclusive and sustainable future

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VIENNA, 23 NOVEMBRE – “Italy is strongly committed to work with UNIDO and all Member States, with a view to building back a more inclusive, sustainable and greener future, including through our incoming presidency of the G20 and current co-presidency of the COP26 with the United Kingdom”, the Italian Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, Ambassador Alessandro Cortese, said today addressing the 48th Session of UNIDO Industrial Development Board.

“Being one of the largest bilateral donors to UNIDO, Italy remains committed to supporting the Organization, in light of its qualified experience, in the promotion of economic opportunities and environmental protection, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Our financial and technical support to UNIDO remains highly significant: Italy is currently funding a portfolio of 30 initiatives in domains such as women and youth empowerment, investment and job promotion, capacity-building and private sector development, as well as agribusiness, renewable energy, energy efficiency and circular economy”. Furthermore, Italy has also renewed its traditional support to UNIDO through the Junior Professional Officer Programme, by financing this year one position in the Department of Energy.
“Accountability, management efficiency and programme effectiveness are key to enable UNIDO to continue to deliver its activities within a framework of limited resources”, Cortese said, welcoming the approval of the accountability and the internal control frameworks as well as of the enterprise risk management policy, and looking forward to the full implementation of the results-based budget principles and the updated Integrated Results and Performance Framework, in line with the Medium-term Programme Framework 2018 – 2021. (@OnuItalia)