Eni and the United Nations Industrial Development OrganiSation (UNIDO) have signed a Joint Declaration, setting up a new pioneering public-private cooperation model aimed at helping reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Declaration was signed by ENI’s Chief Executive Officer, Claudia Descalzi, and UNIDO’s Director General, Li Yong, in the presence of Giorgo Marrapodi, Director General for Development at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation.
“Partnerships between the private and public sectors are crucial to fostering development and improving access to energy around the world,” said Mr. Descalzi.
He added: “This Joint Declaration underlines our commitment to sharing know-how, skills and economic resources to become a driving force for the growth of communities and countries where we operate”.
On his part, Mr. Young said: “Establishing multi-stakeholder partnerships is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“UNIDO actively seeks cooperation arrangements with business sector stakeholders, and Eni and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation share our ambition to promote the public private approach with additional partners,” he added.
The Declaration outlines a new, pioneering cooperation model between the private sector ad an international organisation through which partners work together and leverage each other’s expertise to enhance the project’s effectiveness.
The Eni and UNIDO cooperation aims to contribute toward achieving the SDGs targets through a strategic cooperation focused on areas of common interest; such as youth employment, agriculture value chain and renewable energy and energy efficiency, particularly in Africa.
Moreover, it is expected that the cooperation will yield many more concrete business interactions that will lead to an increasing number of public-private cooperations for Africa’s sustainable industrialisation.
The signing ceremony took place at Eni’s flagship research centre – the Istituto Donegani in Novara, Italy – where the company develops innovative technologies for sustainable energy.