Progress by innovation


  • Director General at the fiftieth session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB)
    Director General at the fiftieth session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB)

    VIENNA, 23 November 2022 – At the opening of the fiftieth session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Director General Gerd Müller briefed representatives of UNIDO’s Member States about the recently completed restructuring of the organization, saying he was making UNIDO fit for the future. 

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  • Industrial policy for the energy transition
    Industrial policy for the energy transition

    VIENNA, 21 November 2022 – During the fiftieth session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Industrial Development Board (IDB), guest speakers addressed representatives of Member States at a special event, Industrial Policy for the Energy Transition. The session focused on

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  • Meeting climate targets through circular bio-based solutions
    Meeting climate targets through circular bio-based solutions

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 17 November 2022 – The aim of the bioeconomy is to unlock the full potential of all types of sustainably sourced biomass, including residual biomass, such as crop residues, industrial side-streams and food waste, as well as organic municipal waste, by transforming it into value-adde

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  • Japan and Sweden join Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative
    Japan and Sweden join Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 16 November 2022 – At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), Japan and Sweden have announced they are joining the Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI) – an international coalition of public and private organizations that are working to decarbonize heavy industries, starting with the steel, cement and concrete sectors.

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  • GCIP: advancing cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship
    GCIP: advancing cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 15 November 2022 – The second phase of UNIDO’s Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) was officially launched on the margins of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 27).

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  • Bringing Azerbaijan’s innovation ecosystem to a new level
    Bringing Azerbaijan’s innovation ecosystem to a new level

    VIENNA, 14 November 2022 - Increasing national capacities in the application of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and accelerating the digital transformation are priorities for Azerbaijan. Over the past two years, the Government of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have been working together to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and unlock the country’s potential for digital transformation.

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  • UNIDO’s special event at COP27 highlights importance of innovative energy solutions, with focus on green hydrogen
    UNIDO’s special event at COP27 highlights importance of innovative energy solutions, with focus on green hydrogen

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 9 November 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the COP27 Presidency, hosted a special evening event to highlight the potential of green hydrogen, and to convey UNIDO's central message: progress by innovation. The evening

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  • COP27: UNIDO to support new Global Renewable Hydrogen Forum
    COP27: UNIDO to support new Global Renewable Hydrogen Forum

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 8 November 2022 – UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller, took part in the “Investing in the Future of Energy: Green Hydrogen” high-level roundtable at COP27,  co-chaired by Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Arab Republic of Egypt, and Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany. The roundtable focused on ways to enhance investments in the field of green hydrogen to confront climate change and activate the role of the private sector.

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  • 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