June 12, 2018, the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), based in Vienna, signed a joint declaration to facilitate closer cooperation between the two organizations.
The agreement is the result of UNIDO’s official support of Global Recycling Day, which the BIR organized and held for the first time March 18. At the time, UNIDO had published a statement on its website endorsing the day and encouraging people to sign BIR’s petition.
The joint declaration, which was signed in Vienna by BIR President Ranjit Baxi and UNIDO Director General LI Yong, outlines the intention of both organizations to “promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development by supporting sustainable recycling practices and industries.” It is intended to raise the awareness regarding the importance of recycling and recycling industries; to promote free trade, environmentally sound management and recycling of materials and recycled materials use worldwide; and to encourage manufacturers to design products with recycling in mind.
Baxi says, “I am very proud that we have signed this joint declaration, which is a big step forward to facilitate cooperation between BIR and the United Nations. I would like to thank UNIDO and their Director General Li for providing this great opportunity of dialogue and common action.”
At a practical level, both organizations are looking at jointly organizing specific activities or events, exchanging information about recycling and keeping each other informed on recycling-related activities and events.