WPO and UNIDO Sign Memo of Understanding

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL | The World Packaging Organization (WPO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for strategic cooperation in the field of packaging capacity building. The purpose, according to the MOU, is “to achieve the mutually declared objectives towards the operationalization of UNIDO’s mandate for inclusive sustainable industrial development.”

The cooperation program includes three areas:

  • development and implementation of specialized training and capacity building programs on packaging;
  • setting up national packaging centers in developing countries to provide a wide variety of services including design of packaging, labeling, technical label review, and training courses on packaging;
  • promotion and organization of student and industry packaging competitions.

This partnership will build on the flagship UNIDO initiative in Lebanon which resulted in the establishment of the Lebanese Packaging Center as a private-sector led center dedicated to support the Lebanese industries in the area of packaging. In addition, UNIDO and WPO intend to scale up the successful Arab Starpack Contest, which was launched in May 2017.

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