UNIDO and Iran to Strengthen Cooperation in Science, Research and Technology
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, in Vienna, on 7th March 2017.
Deputy to the UNIDO Director General, Taizo Nishikawa, and Secretary General of SCSRT, Vahid Ahmadi, signed the declaration to develop joint initiatives in various fields of ‘PhD and fellowship programs’, ‘professional training’, ‘science development’, ‘technology and innovation zones’, ‘South-South cooperation’, ‘quality policy and infrastructure development’, and ‘promotion of businesses’ participation in global trade through trade capacity building’.
In the signing ceremony, Mr Nishikawa stated “Our joint declaration with SCSRT will further promote cooperation between UNIDO and Iran. UNIDO is successfully implementing projects of its 2017-2021 Iran country program, with a focus on industrial policy, job creation and environmental protection”.
Vahid Ahmadi commended the effective cooperation between UNIDO and his council, and added “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”.
UNIDO Director General LI Yong signed a country program framework for 2017-2021 with the Iranian Government, in Vienna during UNIDO’s 50th anniversary in the last week of November. Designed to promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in Iran, the program aligns with the priorities of ‘Iran’s 2016-2021 National Development plan’ and with the ‘United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)’.
The country’s program focuses on assisting 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’.