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UNIDO adopts Bangladesh's resolution on supply chain sustainability

UNB . Dhaka
02 Dec 2023 19:40:52 | Update: 02 Dec 2023 19:40:52
UNIDO adopts Bangladesh's resolution on supply chain sustainability

A Bangladesh-sponsored resolution on "strengthening Member States' capacities in developing productive, resilient and sustainable supply chains," has been unanimously adopted by the 20th General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Heads of government, ministers, and high-level delegations from 172 member states of UNIDO are participating in this week-long conference.

The global supply chain experienced a massive disruption due to the Covid pandemic and the Ukraine war, which affected producers, industries, and consumers across the world, said a media release on Saturday.

This resolution would allow UNIDO, which works more closely with the private sector than perhaps any other arm of the UN, to help countries and economies to promote supply chain resilience and thus prepare them for any such future situation.

The resolution will also foster the necessary dialogue among relevant stakeholders and delivering concrete actions to ensure the sustainability, resilience, and productivity of global and regional supply chains, with a specific emphasis on supporting producer countries and suppliers.

This resolution will enable UNIDO to build its own capacity towards ensuring its fair participation in the supply chain, by equitable profit sharing among all the stakeholders which will contribute to secure fair price, skill and knowledge transfer. As well as access to market and technology, and productivity to the participating firms from the developing countries.

The resolution on the supply chain tabled by Bangladesh was the only resolution adopted by the General Conference through negotiation.

There were two other resolutions, a resolution on gender equality submitted by Mexico and Norway and another one on environmental sustainability and circular economy submitted by Armenia, which could not be adopted due to the acute differences in positions/views among the member states.

The Bangladesh delegation, through its unwavering efforts over the last four weeks, succeeded in bringing all the member states on board in adopting the resolution unanimously.