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UNIDO in brief

UNIDO in brief

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability

The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing and emerging countries and economies in transition.

2013 Lima Declaration: Towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

In recent years, UNIDO has assumed an enhanced role in the global development agenda by focusing its activities on poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The Organization draws on four mutually reinforcing categories of services: technical cooperation, analytical and policy advisory services, standard setting and compliance, and a convening function for knowledge transfer and networking.

UNIDO’s vision is a world where economic development is inclusive and sustainable and economic progress is equitable. The Organization focuses on four main thematic areas:

The Organization is recognized as a specialized and efficient provider of key services meeting the interlinked challenges of reducing poverty through productive activities, integrating developing and emerging countries in global trade through trade capacity-building, fostering environmental sustainability in industry, and improving access to clean energy.

In carrying out the core requirements of its mandate and mission, UNIDO has more than doubled its technical cooperation delivery over the past ten years. At the same time, it has also substantially increased its mobilization of financial resources, testifying to the growing international recognition of the Organization as an effective provider of inclusive and sustainable industrial development services. This increase in services has been accomplished with virtually stable staff levels and an essentially unchanged regular budget for much of the past 15 years.

Established in 1966, UNIDO is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The organization boasts 170 member states and maintains a worldwide network of 3 liaison offices, 49 regional/country offices, and 9 investment and technology promotion offices (ITPOs). The number of staff at UNIDO is 650. Mr. Gerd Müller (Germany) is Director General of UNIDO since December 2021.

Link to UNIDO HQ website