UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)

UNIDO profile

  • Overview

    As a specialized agency of the United Nations system, UNIDO promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. In this regard, the Organization’s mission echoes Sustainable Development Goal 9, which focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation, but also aligns with all other development goals.
    UNIDO cooperates with many different entities to fulfil its mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) and to assist Member States in achieving their development goals. Partners include governments, development organizations, United Nations sister agencies, financial institutions, global environmental financing mechanisms, businesses, corporate foundations and industry associations, as well as civil society and academia.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    UNIDO and the business sector are natural partners for prosperity. There are several strategic areas where UNIDO engages with business entities to build local productive capacity, enhance social inclusion and promote environmental sustainability. These areas include providing goods and services, supporting local business development and promoting sustainable industry, among others. Partnerships with the business sector take the form of project-specific collaborations, long-term global alliances often focused on a specific theme, or crystallize in the Organization’s flagship partnership model, the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP). UNIDO introduced the PCP as an innovative model that brings together relevant development partners, financial institutions and the business sector, under the leadership of the host government to accelerate the achievement of ISID. The PCP was first introduced in Ethiopia, Senegal and Peru, and is being expanded to other countries. It has already gained international recognition, hailed as a concrete model for achieving the SDGs, with a strong emphasis on SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions; 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Issue areas

    Anti-Corruption; Biodiversity; Child Labour; Children's Rights; Climate Change; Education; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 10; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Social Enterprise; Water and Sanitation; Women's Empowerment; Youth

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 47 countries (click to show)
    Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo (Democratic Republic of the); Cote d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan (Republic of); Sudan; Swaziland; Togo; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Americas: 24 countries (click to show)
    Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Barbados; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Grenada; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Paraguay; Peru; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Uruguay; Venezuela
    Asia: 28 countries (click to show)
    Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Vietnam
    Europe: 11 countries (click to show)
    Albania; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Hungary; Montenegro; Republic of Moldova; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Ukraine
    Middle East: 18 countries (click to show)
    Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
    Oceania: 2 countries (click to show)
    Papua New Guinea; Vanuatu

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Food & Beverage; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other; Personal & Household Goods; Retail; Technology; Telecommunications; Utilities

    Goods categories

    Agriculture, aquaculture & forestry; Apparel & fashion; Beverages; Computer hardware & software; Educational; Electrical & electronics; Environmental; Food; Furniture & furnishings; Industrial; Packaging & paper products; Telecommunications; Textiles & leather products; Transportation