Policymaking Organs

UNIDO has two policymaking organs: the General Conference and the Industrial Development Board. The Programme and Budget Committee is a subsidiary organ of the Industrial Development Board.

General Conference (GC):
The General Conference determines the guiding principles and policies of the Organization and approves the budget and work programme. Every four years, the Conference appoints the Director General. It also elects the members of the Industrial Development Board and of the Programme and Budget Committee. The Conference meets every two years.

Industrial Development Board (IDB):
The Board has 53 members, elected for a four-year term on a rotational basis. It reviews the implementation of the work programme, the regular and operational budgets and makes recommendations to the Conference on policy matters, including the appointment of the Director General. The Board meets once a year.

Programme and Budget Committee (PBC):

The Committee consists of 27 members, elected for a two-year term. It is a subsidiary organ of the Board which provides assistance in the preparation and examination of the work programme, the budget and other financial matters. The Committee meets once a year.

UNIDO currently has 170 Member States.

UNIDO Secretariat

Director General (DG):
The Constitution of UNIDO stipulates that the Director General is the chief administrative officer of the Organization who is accountable to its policymaking organs. Subject to the directives of the policymaking organs, the Director General has the overall responsibility and authority to direct the work of the Organization. The Director General is appointed by the General Conference upon recommendation of the Board for a period of four years. The current Director General is LI Yong (People's Republic of China).

Office for Strategic Planning, Coordination and Quality Monitoring, Office of the Special Adviser, Office of Legal Affairs, Office for Independent Evaluation, Office of Internal Oversight Services, and Focal Point for Ethics and Accountability are independent units reporting directly to the Director General.

Deputy to the Director General (DDG):
The Deputy to the Director General is responsible for providing substantive support to the Director General in both his strategic and day-to-day management of UNIDO. For the effective discharge of these responsibilities, the Deputy to the Director General gives guidance to the various organizational entities comprising his Office, and coordinates and consolidates their inputs into the formulation of actionable policy recommendations for the Director General. In addition, the Deputy to the Director General manages and coordinates the Organization’s external relations with its Member States and other stakeholders and partners in the United Nations system, the broader development community, civil society and academia.

The Deputy to the Director General also supervises the work of the Industrial Policy, External Relations and Field Representation Division (PRF).

Taizo Nishikawa is the Deputy to the Director General.


Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division (PTC):
The Division is primarily responsible for providing capacity-development support and technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and transition economies to process their agriculture-based raw materials, participate in international trade flows for manufactured goods, increase investment and technology flows, develop entrepreneurship, promote environmentally sustainable production techniques, develop renewable and rural energy for productive use, increase energy efficiency and support the implementation of major multilateral environmental agreements. In doing so, the Division develops, implements and monitors sectoral, cross-sectoral and thematic programmes and projects, and provides technical advisory and institutional and human capacity-building services.

The Division comprises the Office of the Managing Director, the Partnerships and Results Monitoring Branch, the Agri-Business Development Branch, the Business, Investment and Technology Services Branch, the Trade Capacity-building Branch, the Energy Branch, and the Environment Branch.

Philippe Scholtès is the Managing Director of PTC.

Industrial policy, External Relations and Field Representation Division (PRF):
The Division is responsible for providing analytical, advisory and resource mobilization support to the work of the Organization as well as alignment with its quality assurance framework. It provides Member States as well as other Divisions with state-of-the art analyses of the main determinants and trends of industrial development. On this basis, it advocates the role of industry as an instrument for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability and provides strategic advice to policy-makers at the national and regional levels. Furthermore, it is responsible for conceptualizing, developing and managing UNIDO's relationships with donor governments and other existing and potential donor organizations.

The Division consists of the Executive Office of the Deputy to the Director General (PRF/DDG), the Policymaking Organs Secretariat, Advocacy and Communications Branch (PRF/PMO), the Research, Statistics and Industrial Policy Branch (PRF/RSI), and the Regional Programmes and Field Representation Branch (PRF/RPF), together with the network of UNIDO field offices. 

Programme Support and General Management Division (PSM):
The Division formulates policies and procedures and provides strategic guidance, direction and support to all entities of the Secretariat, including the offices away from Headquarters, in the five broad areas of human resources, finance and budgets, information and communication management, operational support (procurement of goods and services, assets management and related IPSAS standards, travel, transportation, shipments, etc.), and management of the common services entrusted to UNIDO (buildings management services and catering operations) on behalf of the Vienna-based Organizations (VBOs). Through these services, the Division provides effective support for the Organization’s operational and programmatic activities within an appropriate framework of decentralization of authority, accountability and oversight.The Division comprises the Office of the Managing Director and five subsidiary entities: the Human Resource Management Branch, the Financial Services Branch, the Business and Systems Support Unit, the Information and Communication Management Unit and the Operational Support Services Branch.

Célestin Monga is the Managing Director of PSM.

UNIDO Staff:
UNIDO employs about 700 staff members at Headquarters and other established offices around the world. Annually, we draw on the services of some 2,500 international and national experts who work on projects worldwide. Approximately 60 per cent of the international and national experts are from developing countries.