UNIDO – 48th Industrial Development Board
Statement by H.E. Mr. Gerhard Küntzle, Permanent Representative,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Federal Republic of Germany
23–25 September 2020
Agenda Item 11: UNIDO’s strategy for post-conflict/-crisis situations
Excellencies, Director General, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,
UNIDO’s role and work in post-conflict and post-crisis situations have become
increasingly relevant. We therefore generally welcome the approach taken in
UNIDO’s strategy for post-conflict and post-crisis situations. We note that this
approach has also been recommended by an independent thematic evaluation
We share UNIDO’s belief that integrated approaches to ISID can make a
positive difference in post-conflict and post-crisis settings. Furthermore, we are
convinced that UNIDO’s technical expertise in implementing ISID can and must
be used in the best possible way.
Therefore, we strongly support the strategy’s recognition that certain
economic, political and infrastructural preconditions need to be met for UNIDO
to take action in such situations.
We also appreciate that the strategy stays within UNIDO’s mandate and
competences by focusing on the reconstruction of economic structures and on
supporting small and medium-sized companies with technical assistance and
training. We support the clear distinction made in the strategy between these
measures and humanitarian measures, and we welcome the continued focus
on affected vulnerable groups, such as internally displaced persons and
refugees, women and youth.
UNIDO’s role in post-conflict situations should be to assist post-conflict
communities in moving from dependence on humanitarian support towards a
recovery process that is self-sustained, resilient and nationally owned. Building
up local structures that are resilient must be part of the strategy to build back
better and greener.
In response to the current pandemic, Germany has committed itself to provide
1 million euros in support of the new programme launched by UNIDO together
with the World Health Organization in order to fight COVID-19 in Africa. The
programme will improve the supply of personal preventive and protective
equipment which will be produced within Africa itself, thus enhancing
resilience towards future crises.