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UNIDO and Iran to strengthen cooperation in science, research and technology

UNIDO and Iran to strengthen cooperation in science, research and technology

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

VIENNA, 7 March 2017 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Supreme Council of Science, Research and Technology (SCSRT) of the Islamic Republic of Iran signed a revised joint declaration to strengthen their cooperation in several new areas.

Taizo Nishikawa, Deputy to the UNIDO Director General, and Vahid Ahmadi, Secretary General of SCSRT, signed the declaration to develop joint initiatives in the fields of science development; technology and innovation zones; professional training, PhD and fellowship programmes; South-South cooperation; and the promotion of businesses’ participation in global trade through trade capacity building, quality policy and infrastructure development.

“Our joint declaration with SCSRT will further promote cooperation between UNIDO and Iran. UNIDO is successfully implementing projects of its 2017-2021 Iran country programme with a focus on industrial policy, job creation and environmental protection,” said Taizo Nishikawa at the signing ceremony.

Vahid Ahmadi commended the effective cooperation between UNIDO and his council.

“The SCSRT will fulfil the joint declaration by collaborating with UNIDO in the areas of science, technology and innovation zones; South-South cooperation; and trade capacity building, which will include the elaboration of halal food standards and establishing a certification and accreditation laboratory,” he said.

UNIDO Director General LI Yong signed a country programme framework for 2017-2021 with the Government of Iran in Vienna during UNIDO’s 50th anniversary week last November. Designed to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Iran, the programme aligns with the priorities of the Iran’s 2016-2021 national development plan and with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

The country programme focuses on assisting the Government of Iran in elaborating sector-specific industrial policies; stimulating job creation; strengthening enterprise competitiveness, market access and export; establishing networks for knowledge sharing and building partnerships at the regional and international level; and promoting environmentally sustainable industrial development.

Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, UNIDO and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) agreed in 2016 to develop a road map for systemic interventions towards a low-carbon transformation in the Iranian industrial sector.

UNIDO plays a key role in modernizing Iran’s energy and manufacturing sectors and developing policies to create jobs, promote industrial development and support environmental conservation.

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