International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Supporting the industrial development of bamboo and rattan

29 Oct 2021

INBAR and UNIDO signed an agreement to cooperate on bamboo and rattan business development.

On 28 October, INBAR and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) signed an agreement committing to increased cooperation on developing the global bamboo and rattan sector.

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability. It has 170 Member States. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, said: “INBAR and UNIDO share many common aspirations. Our organisations both work with individuals on the ground to improve their livelihoods and strengthen sustainable models of economic growth. In this respect, INBAR’s Strategy 2015-2030 is in alignment with UNIDO’s programmatic frameworks for the coming years, by offering concrete solutions for sourcing and deploying sustainable raw materials for the shared development objectives of the Global South.”

The Director General of UNIDO, Mr. Li Yong, and the Co-Chair of the INBAR Board of Trustees, Professor Jiang Zehui, attended the signing ceremony.

Bamboo and rattan are two of the world’s most valuable non-timber forest products, but in many places their use remains primarily domestic and informal. Together with UNIDO, INBAR hopes to promote the development of the bamboo and rattan sectors. In particular, the agreement makes reference to: promoting agribusiness and rural entrepreneurship; improving standards and certification for bamboo and rattan products; building robust value chains for bamboo and rattan products; and promoting exchange of best practices and technologies across UNIDO and INBAR’s networks.

Speaking on behalf of the INBAR Board of Trustees, Co-Chair Professor Jiang Zehui said: “UNIDO and INBAR share a common vision in many of this areas…. This is a win-win cooperation to advance our vision and mission and contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and is particularly significant for industrial transformation of the world’s bamboo and rattan sector.”

Mr. Mchumo, INBAR Director General, agreed that: “this Agreement reflects INBAR and UNIDO’s commitment to the use of bamboo and rattan for sustainable development; it should play an important role to jointly contribute to achieve sustainable development.”

Bamboo and rattan can be used to create a wide range of durable, high-quality products – but more support and investment is needed to scale up these sectors.