Roscongress Foundation Takes Part in UNIDO General Conference
The 28th session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) General Conference was held in Abu Dhabi. The Innosocium Foundation, the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation, took part in the session as part of a delegation from the Russian Federation. The theme of the 28th General Conference is ‘Industry 2030 — Innovate. Connect. Transform our Future’.
The Roscongress Foundation has been successfully cooperating with UNIDO since 2016. The two organizations have held a number of joint events. In December 2018, the Roscongress Foundation and UNIDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the UNIDO headquarters in Vienna. The Foundation’s participation in the 28th UNIDO General Conference marked a continuation of their cooperation in an effort to promote international projects in such areas as the development of creative industries, the creation of a women’s agenda, support for youth entrepreneurship as well as the shaping of a sustainable development agenda.
«The development of youth entrepreneurship and international cooperation, including as regards the women’s agenda, is an area of focus that maps out the successful and sustainable growth of the economy not only in a single country, but throughout the world. And it is crucial that we are not only pursuing economic goals: mutual understandings between representatives of different countries are on the rise, knowledge and ideas about the world are becoming more multilateral and universal. For us, both the opportunity to integrate successful global practices into Russian projects as well as cooperation and the ability to share experiences with other countries are very important. Such projects require a systematic approach and should receive the broadest possible support both at the state level and from international organizations,» Adviser to the Russian President Anton Kobyakov said.
Russian UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador Veronika Peshkova, Roscongress Foundation Deputy CEO Elena Marinina, and Agency for Strategic Initiatives Corporate Director Elena Myakotnikova all took part in the visit to Abu Dhabi. Their meetings with representatives of international organizations, delegations from other countries, and the business community resulted in agreements on future cooperation, including joint events on the women’s agenda with the company STRATA (UAE) and the promotion of socially significant themes at international forums and conferences under the auspices of UNIDO concerning sustainable development, namely support for young people, women, and creative industries.
«Russia has a strong position in UNIDO. Our country is an active participant in global efforts for sustainable industrial development and a stable donor to this organization. We are effectively using UNIDO mechanisms to help partner countries around the world, expand international industrial relations, and promote our domestic industry. Collaboration with the Roscongress Foundation and Innosocium provides us with new opportunities to harness the potential of this international organization for development purposes,» said Vera Khutorskaya, deputy head of the Russian delegation and deputy chairman of the 28th UNIDO General Conference.
«UNIDO is a structure that pools together the efforts of different countries in the pursuit of sustainable development. The initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates to organize the GMIS — the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit — perfectly reflects the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. In July of this year, we jointly organized the second such summit in Russia’s Yekaterinburg. And now we would like to thank the Emirates for the excellent organization of the General Conference and congratulate you on the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Declaration,» said Veronika Peshkova, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador and the initiator of International Knowledge Sharing Week.
The conference participants devoted particular attention to bolstering the position of the women’s agenda in the international arena. Active work is also being carried out to this end outside of forum events. In particular, the Eurasian Women’s Forum and the Roscongress Foundation are working on a joint project to create a global online platform of the Eurasian Women’s Forum.
The discussion of the youth agenda was another key focus of the conference. In addition to the results that have already been achieved, including the organization of International Knowledge Sharing Week for youth, women, and entrepreneurs together with UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador Peshkova, a project that is being implemented with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) to develop a youth platform was presented.
«Our meetings and contacts with representatives of UNIDO leadership revealed serious potential for cooperation between the Roscongress Foundation and this Organization on the sustainable development agenda. We agreed to expand our joint activities at events organized by the Foundation and at the international forums of UNIDO, respectively. Our efforts aim to unite our successful projects, collect ideas, and integrate them into a single platform so that it can benefit society. Experience shows that working formats can be further extended to different areas. Thus, the promotion of sustainable development is consistent with the goals of the Innosocium Foundation — the social platform of the Roscongress Foundation — and the development of the sustainable development agenda serves as a locomotive for projects,» Roscongress Foundation Deputy CEO Elena Marinina said.
«Establishing effective tools to implement entrepreneurial initiatives is one of the priorities for the development of youth entrepreneurship both in Russia and abroad. When addressing the session of the UNIDO General Conference on the development of youth entrepreneurship, we presented a project to develop a Unified Platform for Young Entrepreneurs as part of which the ASI and the Innosocium Foundation, with the support of the Roscongress Foundation, held the DevService hackathon in August this year, which will definitely provide a serious impetus to the promotion of entrepreneurship among young people. We are grateful to the organizers of the event for the opportunity to not only demonstrate our ideas, but to also study successful youth entrepreneurship projects that are being implemented by our colleagues in other countries,» ASI Project Manager Alexander Vayno said.