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  • Africa at the centre of UNIDO’s Industrialization efforts: UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller
    Africa at the centre of UNIDO’s Industrialization efforts: UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller

    The French version of the article is available here.  VIENNA, 12 August 2022 - “Food security in Africa is among the priority areas for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and it is keen to support agro-processing industry and establish agricultural value chains ac

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  • UNIDO Director General calls for a fairer global trade system with binding international standards
    UNIDO Director General calls for a fairer global trade system with binding international standards

    GENEVA, 28 July 2022 – UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller took part in the World Trade Organization’s Eighth Aid for Trade Global Review with the theme “Empowering Connected Sustainable Trade”. In his introductory remarks at the Opening Plenary session, Müller called for a move towards a fairer global trade system, with increased investment in productive capacity in developing and least developed countries.

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  • WTO high-level event examines how international cooperation can tackle illicit trade
    WTO high-level event examines how international cooperation can tackle illicit trade

    GENEVA, 27 July 2022 - Top officials of six global organizations have called for greater coordination among relevant national and international bodies in the fight against illicit trade in medical products, which puts the health and livelihood of people all over the world at risk. Speaking at a high-level roundtable held at the 2022 Aid for Trade Global Review, they shared perspectives on activities they are undertaking and how they could engage in closer cooperation.

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  • Enormous opportunities for Africa, says UNIDO DG at “The Africa we Want: Reconfirming the Development of Africa as a Priority to the United Nations System”
    Enormous opportunities for Africa, says UNIDO DG at “The Africa we Want: Reconfirming the Development of Africa as a Priority to the United Nations System”

    NEW YORK, 20 July 2022 - UNIDO plans to build “enormous opportunities” on the African Continent, Gerd Müller said in his remarks at the “Special High-Level Dialogue” of the Presidents of the GA and ECOSOC pivoting around policies and best practices to accelerate Africa’s development (see concept note and UN web TV video).

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  • UNIDO and the Government of Slovenia sign a Roadmap for Cooperation
    UNIDO and the Government of Slovenia sign a Roadmap for Cooperation

    VIENNA, 30 June 2022 – Following the 30th anniversary celebration of Slovenia’s membership to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller and the Slovenian Minister of Economic Development Matjaž Han signed a Roadmap for Cooperation – a framework document outlining the key bilateral cooperation elements, including common objectives, high-potential thematic priorities, and geographical scope for joint activities – that complements the existing Cooperation Agreement.

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Women, SMEs and sustainable development – lessons learnt for the road ahead

Women entrepreneurs are active agents of change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Despite recent progress in strengthening women’s entrepreneurship, significant differences ...


Global value chains in times of multiple crises

In our globalized world, production has become increasingly interconnected across borders. The rise of global value chains (GVCs) implies that the production of today’s manufactured goods hinges on in...


What are green skills?

Simply put, green skills are the knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society. The need to transition towards more...

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health And Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life below Water
  • Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the goals
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    The SDGs

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and guide all global, regional and national development endeavours until the year 2030.

    Adopted in 2015, the SDGs seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They are universal, integrated and indivisible, and seek to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental dimensions. The breadth and scope of the SDGs reflect the complexity and scale of challenges to be addressed in the modern era.

  • SDG1

    Goal 1: No Poverty

    UNIDO seeks to ensure that the benefits of industrialization are shared by all, that the living conditions of all are sustainably improved, and that no one is left behind

  • SDG2

    Goal 2: Zero Hunger

    UNIDO supports value addition to agricultural output, and helps reduce post-harvest losses and increase resource efficiency, while generating job opportunities for rural communities and increasing food security, food safety and nutrition, particularly through agri-business development and upgrading agro-food value chains

  • SDG3

    Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

    > UNIDO supports the development and upgrading of the pharmaceutical industry in developing countries for the local production of essential generic drugs and the provision of necessary appliances to the health industry, while also working to reduce pollution from industry and protecting consumer health through the implementation of food safety and sanitary standards

  • SDG4

    Goal 4: Quality Education

    UNIDO supports the development of entrepreneurial culture and skills, provides technical and vocational training, and helps enhancing young people’s skills and knowledge for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

  • SDG5

    Goal 5: Gender Equality

    UNIDO supports women in acquiring skills and gaining access to productive and financial resources that allow them to compete effectively in the economic life of their communities

  • SDG6

    Goal 6: Clean water and Sanitation

    UNIDO assists countries with the transfer of best available technologies and environmental practices to improve industrial and municipal water management and productivity, and helps prevent the discharge of industrial effluents into international waters (rivers, lakes, wetlands, and coastal areas)

  • SDG7

    Goal 7: Affordable and Clean energy

    > UNIDO promotes energy efficiency policies, technologies and practices, as well as access to affordable renewable sources of energy for the facilitation of productive activities, providing countries an opportunity to follow a low-carbon and low-emissions growth path

  • SDG8

    Goal 8: Decent work and Economic Growth

    > UNIDO facilitates structural transformation and economic growth by increasing the capacities of local industries for value addition, economic diversification, and export promotion, as well as supports the creation of decent jobs in industry and industry-related services

  • SDG9

    Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    > UNIDO seeks to advance poverty eradication and inclusiveness, build productive capacities in an inclusive manner, and provide more opportunities for all women and men as well as across social groups, also through partnerships with all stakeholders involved in industrialization processes

  • SDG10

    Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

    > UNIDO promotes greater productivity, stable employment, and increased incomes, and improves economic opportunities between and within populations, countries and regions with the aim to reach vulnerable groups, including young people, women, migrants and minorities, and a focus on pro-poor enterprise initiatives, agro-industries, greater value-addition, women and youth entrepreneurship, as well as human security issues in post-crisis situations

  • SDG11

    Goal 11: Sustainable cities and Communicaties

    > UNIDO promotes smart industries and industrial clusters in urban industrial zones that spur innovation, resource efficiency and industrial competitiveness while linking local business with global markets and supply chains

  • SDG12

    Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

    > UNIDO promotes green industries, resource efficient management, cleaner production, energy efficiency in industry, reduction of waste and pollution, and environmental sustainability policies in industrial production and consumption, such as the circular economy approach

  • SDG13

    Goal 13: Climate action

    > UNIDO promotes the reduction of industrial CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, including through sustainable energy solutions and the uptake of resource-efficient technologies and practices, and cleaner production in industrial processes

  • SDG14

    Goal 14: Life below water

    > UNIDO supports efforts to reduce the detrimental industrial impacts on water bodies through sound water management methodologies and system introduction, and strategic partnerships to protect coastal and maritime habitats and ecosystems, as well as helps to improve fisheries incomes by encouraging regional cooperation, capacity building and technology, etc.

  • SDG15

    Goal 15: Life on Land

    > UNIDO aims at improving rural livelihoods, food security and agricultural production in a sustainable manner and promotes technologies that ensure sustainable management of the soils and the generation of highly productive renewable resources, while supporting the adaptation and adoption of resource efficient and cleaner production methods, technologies and systems

  • SDG16

    Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong Institutions

    > UNIDO supports the restoration of economic activities and empowerment of communities affected by crises, and strengthens the capacities of governments and small and medium-sized enterprises to apply human rights principles and business ethics to industrial development, thus enhancing human security

  • SDG17

    Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

    > UNIDO facilitates international cooperation, multi-stakeholder partnerships and the alignment of public and private investments and industrial policies

    > UNIDO conducts capacity-building, including on trade-related national capacities

    > UNIDO fosters technology exchange mechanisms, technology policy coordination measures and related investment opportunities

    > UNIDO provides technical and statistical support to the monitoring and review of the SDGs