UNIDO and China to promote sustainable industrial development

11 November 2015 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China are formalizing a strategic partnership to jointly promote sustainable environmental protection and inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

A memorandum of understanding on this was signed in Beijing today by LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO, and CHEN Jining, Minister of Environmental Protection.

Both parties have agreed to work closely on environmental policy support and institutional framework development; the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements; cleaner production for environmental protection, and pollution prevention and control.

They also plan to jointly focus on eco-design and ecological civilization including sustainable cities development; utilization of industrial solid wastes and renewable resources; industrial emissions control and air quality management; and bilateral and multilateral cooperation on inclusive and sustainable industrial development and transfer and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies.

Other areas of joint interest include human resources development and capacity building in the field of green development; South-South and triangular cooperation for information exchange, and experience-sharing and the transfer of replicable techniques, know-how and practices from China to other developing countries.

The collaboration between UNIDO and the Ministry of Environmental Protection has been going on for twenty years, including in such areas as the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.

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