UAE, UNIDO Boost Tie-Up for Resilience, Sustainability
At the First Industry and Advanced Technology Forum, two major joint declarations were signed by Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), and Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
During the World Government Summit, the Industry and Advanced Technology Forum presented a declaration that extends the enduring partnership between UNIDO and the UAE. This collaboration was established in 2019 when the UAE organised the 18th session of UNIDO's General Conference, resulting in the Abu Dhabi Declaration that emphasised the significance of industrial development in achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UAE is striving to position itself as a worldwide centre for future industries, and the revitalised partnership between the country and UNIDO takes advantage of the organisation's proficiency in industrial development, especially in resource efficiency, capacity building, affordable clean energy, quality infrastructure, and industrial policy.
The second joint declaration establishes the UNIDO International Centre for Industry Readiness, located in the UAE, which aims to improve the capacity of the industrial sector to respond to emergencies and shocks. This initiative is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Industry and Advance Technology, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, and the Global MICE Organisation Limited (GMOL).
The Centre will use Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to enhance industrial capacity and preparedness to react to both domestic and global emergencies. Initially, it will primarily focus on offering its expertise and services to the MENA region and will later expand its assistance to the African region and beyond.
Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) said: “The joint declaration aligns with our leadership’s directives and MoIAT's drive to promote continuous cooperation with relevant international organisations. It also supports the exchange of expertise and knowledge to help achieve the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology."
Director General Müller said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the United Arab Emirates for its ongoing cooperation and trust. The two joint declarations that we have signed give a new dynamism to our cooperation. UNIDO has innovative skills, technical expertise and knowledge. We are pleased to be working with the UAE to be part of the solution for the prosperity of the communities in need. Together we can achieve a lot.”