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Did you know? An important amendment to the Montreal Protocol was agreed in October 2016 in Kigali, #rwanda, when the world decided to include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the list of controlled substances to save our planet.
HFCs do not impact the ozone layer, but have high global warming potential. They are extremely potent greenhouse gases when they seep into the atmosphere.
The extension of the treaty’s scope opens a new era for the Montreal Protocol to phase down substances with high global-warming potential.
1705 hours ago
Why is it easier for creative industries to flourish in cities like Berlin, Milan or Paris than it is in others?
Often it boils down to a lack of an ecosystem that fosters innovation. Fortunately things are about to change on the island of Madagascar, where UNIDO works with a group of women artisans and talented young people to design a path for creative and economic development; by providing them with technical skill and production tools. In addition, we offer a unique opportunity for students and professionals, combining creativity, design, entrepreneurship and management in a 2-year master’s programme on the island!
4302 days ago
By 2050, there will be a total of three billion tons of waste produced per year -> a big challenge for future generations.
The traditional approach to solving this problem will not work...We need to move to a circular economy, meaning that we use resources more efficiently by using them over and over - everything is reused, re-manufactured or recycled back into the system.
1/3 of Moroccans do not have reliable water access, and only 1/5 of the country’s collected wastewater is treated.
The H2O Maghreb initiative - a two-year project of @usaid and UNIDO, harnesses the power of science, innovation and technology to build the country’s capacity for wastewater management, and train Morocco’s next generation of water managers. At the 💙 of H2O Maghreb’s mission lies innovation. The project looks into new approaches to learning – a curriculum that is cutting-edge and uses immersive technology: virtual reality!
Through this collaboration, we hope to develop a model that can help other countries improve their water management techniques using modern technologies!
3512 weeks ago
"My wife and I are happy with the money we are getting every day from selling the crops, we use it for our family!" Khalaf is a #refugee in #iraq, and has been trained by UNIDO & @japangovernment in greenhouse farming and crop cultivation. Eventually, he and the other trainees will produce enough vegetables to make a meaningful income to sustain his whole family.
Whenever farmers spread manure on the land in order to fertilize it, they are emitting greenhouse gases.
But, the produced Methane is also a valuable resource. The natural gas piped into our homes to generate electricity is primarily methane.
With @unfccc we promote a group of technologies called waste-to-energy, which collect methane >> turning it into a source of energy. We now teach farmers how to use the technology, and turn their farms into energy producers!
5821 month ago
Island countries in the Pacific face very specific challenges when it comes to energy security. With a limited supply of domestic fossil fuels and the region’s remoteness, access to electricity is low, and prices high.
Jointly with @mfa_austria and the Republic of Korea, we established a regional energy centre, that gathers knowledge, funds research, supports energy entrepreneurs and offers training for professionals from non-energy sectors. This is how we improve access to clean, modern and affordable energy services, which are essential for a healthy and thriving economy,
This week we are meeting with scientist and leaders from across the 🌍 at #cop24 in Katowice, Poland to discuss #climateaction and countries' progress toward the #parisagreement.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3401 month ago
“By taking #entrepreneurship classes, I can start a business and maybe even create jobs for other people.” By 2050, Africa’s youth will have almost doubled in size, from 230 million to 452 million people, and starting a business can be an alternative path for them.
Over the past 15 years, UNIDO has been helping countries in Africa lay the foundations for private sector development by introducing entrepreneurship curricula into schools.
This is how we ensure that everyone has the Right To Education! #humanrightsday
3211 month ago
Ukraine is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, but the cost, both environmentally and financially is high.
We work in the country, to assist in the implementation of new and clean technologies. The biggest benefit of these is not only that they safeguard the environment, but simply that it is much cheaper to use them, so businesses can increase production.
This way, we not only enhance #climateaction but also help Ukrainian companies save money, often used to increase workforce and grow their businesses!
Saving resources helps companies become more competitive while safeguarding the environment. The @europeancommission funded UNIDO #medtest2 project helps companies optimize their production processes for a more resource efficient and sustainable production in the Southern Mediterranean region. In Tunisia, the project is being implemented in the food, leather, textile, mechanical and chemical sectors - with impressive results!
3721 month ago
Representatives of Permanent Missions and private sector comprised the audience for an informative session on the @gmisummit to hear more about driving transformative industry change forward. “Several countries have put strategies in place to capture the potential benefits of the #4ir. Yet these strategies tend to focus on only a few priority sectors: what is needed is a global perspective, fully aligned with the #2030agenda for Sustainable Development,” said our DDG Kuniyoshi.