VIENNA, 5 July 2012 – A new book titled, UNIDO: Industrial solutions for a sustainable future, was launched at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna today by its author, Stephen Browne.
The event was hosted by Hans Winkler, the Director of the Diplomatic Academy, and the discussion moderated by Wilfried Lütkenhorst, UNIDO Managing Director.
Browne, who has worked for more than 30 years in different United Nations organizations, is currently director of The Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS). His book, which offers a concise and accessible guide to the sustainable solutions and services that UNIDO offers, states that the Organization’s mandate mirrors many of the core challenges now confronting developing and transition economies.
The book charts the origins and developments of UNIDO and examines its current mandate, including trade capacity-building, poverty reduction through productive activities, energy generation and environmental protection, and the Green Industry Initiative. It also examines the significant partnerships that UNIDO has forged with other UN based systems, such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Browne highlights the fact that UNIDO, as the only UN organization to have been transformed from a UN secretariat entity to an independently governed UN agency, undertook drastic reforms to adopt business practices in order to proactively adapt to a changing global environment.
Browne believes that UNIDO is uniquely positioned to launch the global green industrial revolution which will lead to employment creation, especially for the global youth, thus triggering economic growth and rapid and sustainable industrialization.
He stresses the development quality of industrialization where assistance is targeted in particular at policymakers. While industry needs to be clean and competitive, UNIDO is also concerned with the wider developmental impacts.
Browne does not shy away from pointing out that, in this era of rapid globalization, UNIDO faces growing challenges. He reviews these challenges and UNIDO’s recent reforms under its current management. He also goes on to suggest how the organization can help to meet some of the key global development challenges in the increasingly competitive environment of development cooperation and how it can in the future create workable partnership including with governments, private sectors, civil society organizations, recipients, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
Browne states that the UN development system was essentially a creation of the developed countries, which have been its principal financial sponsors from the beginning. Over the years donor support has increasingly come with conditions determining the purpose and destination of the funding. While UNIDO still depends on a few large traditional donors, the Organization has begun to move away from a dependence on the industrialized countries and has broadened the base of its financial support among developing countries, which have always been its principal source of legislative support.
Browne states that UNIDO’s future will depend more than ever on the developing countries. He opines that this is as it should be, and arguably should always have been in the UN development system: technical services provided to, and, where possible, paid for by, developing country clients.
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