Selected UNIDO Projects

A selection of UNIDO projects within the Organization’s three thematic areas: Poverty Reduction through Productive Activities; Trade Capacity-Building; and Environment and Energy.

Bangladesh – Arsenic-free drinking water

UNIDO, with the support of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), has assisted the Government of Bangladesh with an arsenic removal project in areas with the highest levels of arsenic intoxication.

Guatemala – Cleaner Production

The Centre is a non-profit technical institution and is supported by UNIDO, UNEP, as well as some national institutions such as the Del Valle University, the Sugar Manufacturers Association and the Chamber of Industry.

India – Climate-friendly refrigerators

With the financial support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, UNIDO worked very closely with two large Indian refrigeration manufacturers (Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. and Videocon Appliances Ltd.) towards developing new CDM methodologies, with the aim of reducing environmental pollution and improving competitiveness.

Rwanda – Energy access for rural communities

UNIDO, in cooperation with the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure, has implemented a project to promote renewable-based energy development for productive uses. The aim of the project is to contribute to poverty alleviation and economic growth by providing access to affordable modern energy in rural areas.

Slovakia – Cleaner Production

The Centre i Slovakia is a non-profit organization and a business enterprise, enabling the Centre to work effectively in delivering value-adding services to businesses. At the same time, it acts as a public advocate for Cleaner Production and retains the experience from close collaboration and joint efforts.

South Africa – National Cleaner Production Centre

The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa was inaugurated during the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg with the support of the South African Department of Trade and Industry and the governments of Austria and Switzerland.

South Mediterranean region – Greening industries along the Mediterranean Sea

UNIDO is assisting Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia to adopt environmentally sound technology, tackling highly polluted sea water as a result of land-based activities.

sub-Saharan Africa – Ecotourism

Together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UNIDO aims to reduce the degradation of coastal and marine environments and to enhance sustainability. The project is being implemented in Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles and the United Republic of Tanzania.

U. R. Tanzania – Cleaner Production

UNIDO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched pilot Resource-efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) projects in Tanzania, demonstrating preventive environmental strategies.

Viet Nam – Cleaner Production

With funds from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the National Cleaner Production Centre of Viet Nam (VNCPC) was established in 1998 and is part of the Hanoi University of Technology. By the end of 2009, the VNCPC had 16 employees and was active in the following industry sectors: pulp and paper, textile, food processing, seafood processing, metal finishing, building materials, chemicals and handicraft.