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    UNIS/OUS/311
    4 November 2015

    Re-issued as received

    Hungary to fund UNIDO project on regional social inclusion

    VIENNA, 3 November (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) - The Government of Hungary will fund a project which aims to foster social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged and marginalized population groups, including ethnic minorities, in Central, South, South East and Eastern Europe.

    Worth EUR 176,000, the project will be implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

    An agreement on this was signed in Vienna today by the by LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO, and Karoly Dan, the Permanent Representative of Hungary to UNIDO.

    Both sides pointed to the fact that social exclusion has risen up the policy agenda in many countries in Europe and Central Asia in response to growing inequalities, unemployment, poverty, exclusion and environmental degradation, arising as negative externalities from the ongoing processes of globalization and interdependences, EU enlargement, and the economic crisis.

    The project will establish a regional knowledge sourcing platform drawing on the expertise and experiences of a diverse group of stakeholders working to address social exclusion. These include representatives from government, the private sector, academia, civil society, social enterprises and international organizations.

    The project will be implemented in Hungary with support from the national executing agency, the TÜRR István Training and Research Institute..

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    For more information, please contact:

    Olga Memedovic
    Chief, UNIDO Europe and Central Asia Bureau
    Email: O.Memedovic[at]unido.org