UNIDO focuses on three programmatic fields of activity to support developing countries and countries with economies in transition in their efforts to achieve higher levels of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), they are:
(i) Creating shared prosperity: Advancing poverty eradication and inclusiveness, building productive capacities in an inclusive manner, and providing more opportunities for all women and men as well as across social groups, also through partnerships with all relevant stakeholders involved in industrialization processes;
(ii) Advancing economic competitiveness: Advancing rapid economic and industrial growth, building trade capacities in industries, and ensuring that all countries can benefit from international trade and technological progress by applying modern industrial policies and complying with global standards and norms;
(iii) Safeguarding the environment: Advancing environmentally sustainable growth, building institutional capacities for greening industries through cleaner production technologies and resource efficiency methodologies, and creating green industries, including in fields of waste management and recycling.
In addition, UNIDO implements a selected number of cross-cutting programmes, including industrial policy advice, research and statistics; partnership mobilization and South-South cooperation; gender equality and the empowerment of women; and a wide range of regional programmes.