ISID Forum

The Lima Declaration, adopted by UNIDO’s Member States in December 2013, set the foundation for a new vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) for UNIDO and highlighted the role of industrialization as a driver for development.

While industrialization was not factored into the Millennium Development Goals framework, inclusive and sustainable industrialization now features strongly in the post-2015 development discourse. The UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has proposed as goal 9 “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. This confirms the provisions of the Lima Declaration and the relevance of ISID for the new global development architecture.

ISID is credited with promoting value addition, realizing productivity gains and returns to scale, creating jobs and income, enhancing international competitiveness and trade, building efficient and effective productive capacity, supporting economic diversification, and building green industries. This structural transformation unleashes an enormous development potential as it features close linkages to infrastructure development, innovation and the efficient and sustainable use of resources, as well as to a wider range of other sustainable development priorities.

In this context, UNIDO organizes ISID Forums on a regular basis to extend the impact and outreach of ISID goals.

So far, five Forums have been organized. The first one, held in June 2014, engaged Member States in a dialogue to formulate strategies and policies that promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

The second Forum, held in November 2014, showcased UNIDO’s ISID Programme for Country Partnership through two pilot countries to private and public stakeholders and initiated a partnership dialogue between UNIDO, recipient Governments, development finance institutions, development agencies, the private sector and donors.

The third ISID Forum was held on 14 July 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a special event to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. It was an important contribution to the search for innovative partnership approaches for financing and catalyzing all relevant resources for ISID in the framework of the post-2015 development agenda.

The fourth ISID Forum was held in November 2015 in Vienna. The event aimed to address how UNIDO can contribute to advancing industry, infrastructure and innovation in the context of Sustainable Development Goal 9. 

The fifth ISID Forum was held in Dakar, Senegal. The theme was "Promoting the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) model and industrial investment in Africa".

More details on each Forum, please go to individual pages.

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