United Nations Industrial Development Organization

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the UN specialized agency mandated to promote industrial development and international industrial cooperation.  The Organization's mission statement is: Partner for prosperiy: UNIDO aspires to reduce poverty through sustainable industrial development. we want every country to have the opportunity to grow a flourishing productive sector, to increase their participation in international trade and to safeguard their environment.

In order to meet these objectives, UNIDO's constitution calls on the Organization to:

  • Assist developing countries in the formulation of development, institutional, scientific and technological policies and programmes in the field of industrial development
  • Analyse trends, disseminate information and coordinate activities in their industrial development
  • Act as a forum for consultations and negotiations directed towards the industrialisation of developing countries
  • Provide technical co-operation to developing countries for the implementation of their development plans for sustainable industrialisation in their public and private sectors.

UNIDO's work is focused on three thematic priority areas: poverty reduction through productive activities; trade capacity-building; and energy and environment.

Activities under the thematic priorities are reflected in UNIDO's strategic long-term vision statement, medium-term programme frameworks (2010-13) and biennial programme documents (2010-11). Activities are strictly aligned with the priorities of the UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty and relevant multilateral declarations, including the Millennium Declaration, the Brussels Declaration and Programme of Action, the World Summit Outcome and the Doha Ministerial Declaration. Of special importance for UNIDO's technical cooperation and programming priorities for Africa, is the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), a strategic development framework of the African Union (AU).

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  • Official Website
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