United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO and the Union for the Mediterranean, UFM have agreed to work closely to identify joint opportunities to advance inclusive and sustainable development in countries of the Mediterranean region.
The agreement, according to a statement by UNIDO was signed in Vienna weekend by the organisation’s Director General, LI Yong and the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi.
It said under the new partnership, the two organisations will jointly focus on developing and implementing integrated projects and activities for business development, youth employability, women’s empowerment, energy-efficiency, water, environment and climate change.
The statement added that they will also provide guidance and recommendations to governments in the countries of the Mediterranean.
It informed that the two entities are already cooperating at project level on the EU-Italy funded project “Development of clusters in cultural and creative industries in the South Mediterranean region”, being implemented by UNIDO, covers seven countries of the region: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
According to the statement, the project received the official label of the Union for the Mediterranean in June 2014.
It said the Secretariat and UNIDO are partnering towards the establishment of a regional platform to foster entrepreneurial cooperation among cultural and creative industries and clusters in the Southern Mediterranean, thereby strengthening and further developing the project’s regional dimension.
These joint activities, it explained would deliver a platform for dialogue, exchange of experiences and dissemination of best practices within the cultural and creative business field, which includes design-based industries, cultural trans-media, live culture and professional creative services.
It added that the regional platform will foster entrepreneurial cooperation with a particular focus on young people and gender affairs.
The statement added that it will leverage the potential of the cultural and creative industries as well as promote new employment opportunities and inclusive growth in the region.

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