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TMCD completes MNEmerge project with high-level policy engagement conference at UNIDO
The Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at ODID and partner institutions have completed their three-year European Union-funded MNEmerge project with high-level meetings at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Vienna.
The MNEmerge project explored the role of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in addressing global development challenges by mirroring the impacts of the operations of MNEs against the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The meetings in Vienna, which coincided with UNIDO's 50th anniversary, focused on discussing findings and recommendations from the MNEmerge project. This platform presented an opportunity for TMCD and partners to discuss issues relating to the impact of MNEs on emerging markets; it also presented an avenue for distilling lessons learned from the research which helped with the resulting policy advice.
After the meeting, UNIDO’s Director of the Department of Policy, Research and Statistics, Ludovico Alcorta, reiterated the vital role MNEs play in improving the quality of life of many people through innovation and technology. Mr Alcorta took the opportunity to thank those who worked on the project. In particular, he thanked Professor Xiaolan Fu for sharing her knowledge on the role of MNEs in addressing global development challenges in emergent countries. He also congratulated her for her commitment to the UN sustainable development agenda.