Areas of Focus
Trade Capacity Building
TCB related projects
UNIDO and WTO have joined forces in assisting developing countries as well as countries with economies in transition to increase their export potential and contribution to the development of the global economy. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2003 to help countries expand supply-side capacity, assess conformity to market requirements and develop connectivity to the multilateral trading system. TCB related projects have been initiated in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and the Russian Federation. The pipeline projects address inter alia the issue of upgrading quality control laboratories in line with the requirements of ISO/IEC Guide 17025.
Technology Foresight (TF)
Since 2001, UNIDO has been promoting regional initiatives on TF as a tool for forward-looking strategic decision-making and formulation of long-term economic and technological development scenarios based upon indigenous economic potential and trends in technological development and innovations. Training programs have been implemented since 2005 in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey. In addition, UNIDO has launched a regional Virtual Technology Foresight Centre located in Budapest.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Since 2004, UNIDO has been implementing the regional CSR project based in Croatia, as a tool to assist small- and medium-sized enterprises in the region integrating social and environmental concerns into their businessoperations. The Croatian Government expressed its intention to establish a Regional CSR Centre in Zagreb.