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South Sudan joins UNIDO as Member State

18 August 2023

girl with South Sudan flag

VIENNA - South Sudan has become UNIDO’s 172nd Member State, meaning that all African states are now members of the Organization in a boost to the momentum of joint efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the continent.

Over recent years, UNIDO and South Sudan have enjoyed fruitful cooperation with multiple initiatives implemented to promote food security, resilience, social cohesion and peace, by upgrading the fishery sector, enhancing local skills and value addition, strengthening agro-value chains and empowering women.

“I have the honour to express my country’s commitment to a comprehensive partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, towards achieving our national industrial development goals and objectives,” said Kuol Athian Mawien, Minister of Trade and Industry of South Sudan. “This is in line with the African Union Agenda 2063 and, indeed, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

As a signatory to South Sudan’s recently launched United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2025, UNIDO will support the development of greener pathways to sustainable economic growth and diversification, build essential manufacturing infrastructure to generate decent employment opportunities for youth and women, and foster resilience, particularly to the impacts of climate change.

"I know that working together we can help South Sudan into an era of sustainable industrialization that will benefit all its peoples," said UNIDO Director General, Gerd Müller. "We will build up our cooperation with the government alongside development partners and the donor community. We will work for green, inclusive growth and a more resilient economy."

Müller noted that “South Sudan’s accession to UNIDO is a signal to the global community that, above all, sustainable industrialization is a key aspiration, especially for least developed countries."

During the Fifth United Nations Conference on the LDCs, held from 5-9 March 2023 in Doha, Qatar, Müller called for a new, better deal for LDCs, based on stronger global solidarity, to end hunger, address climate change and make supply chains fair.

UNIDO is currently formulating a new operational strategy for the LDCs 2022–2031, in line with the Doha Programme of Action, to support its Member States.

For more information, please contact:

Kai Bethke, Director, Division of Member States and Funding Relations


Victor Djemba, Chief, Regional Bureau for Africa