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Ethiopia's Ministry of Industry, UNIDO, sign €2m agreement funded by Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation

ADDIS ABABA, 14 December 2021 - Ethiopia's Ministry of Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed a €2m agreement to support Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks (IAIPs), funded by the Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation. This agreement will contribute to the development of the agro-industrial sector and the creation of decent jobs and economic opportunities in the rural areas of Ethiopia.

UNIDO, EIF and UNTBLDCs highlight potential benefits of Fourth Industrial Revolution for least developed countries

VIENNA, 13 December 2021 - Least Developed Countries (LDCs) comprise 13% of humanity worldwide, yet they account for just 1.2% of global GDP, according to a new publication released by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries (UNTBLDCs) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).

Current pandemic trends bring more uncertainty to economic prospects

VIENNA, 16 December 2021 - The most recent data on global manufacturing production, corresponding to the third quarter of 2021, indicate a stabilization after the COVID-19-related economic halt in the previous year. While the economic trajectories vary significantly among countries, most economies experienced solid increases in manufacturing production compared to 2020.

Sustainability within global supply chains requires agile approaches to knowledge sharing and standards setting

VIENNA, 9 December 2021 -  The COVID-19 pandemic and its related socioeconomic impacts have revealed the fundamental challenges that global value chains (GVCs) face, making clear that transformation and greater resilience cannot take place without greater sustainability. The urgency of this need was at the heart of the 2021 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization (FGI), during which UNIDO’s Deputy to the Director General, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, stressed in his opening remarks that “if we can find solutions th

UNIDO's groundbreaking publication on the adoption of AI by SMEs

VIENNA, 9 December 2021 - Further to its participation in the United Nations High Level Inter-Agency Working Group on Artificial Intelligence, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has developed a new normative document, Empowering SMEs of Developing Countries through 4IR Technologies-Artificial Intelligence.

Supporting an upgrade of Armenia's metrology system

YEREVAN, 9 December, 2021 - The European Union (EU) has signed a Contribution Agreement with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to support sustainable economic development in Armenia. The EU is investing €4m in a new technical assistance project, “Support to Quality Infrastructure in Armenia with UNIDO”.  

UNIDO, ADB discussion on boosting Cambodia’s 4IR transformation

PHNOM PENH, 8 December 2021 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Economic and Finance, have kick-started a virtual discussion on the status of Cambodia’s fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and pathways for the country’s transformation to this new industrial model by 203

Understanding the interlinkages between accelerated climate change and the food-energy-water nexus

VIENNA, 3 December 2021 - The difficulties in reaching a firm agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate the transition towards a decarbonized renewable energy mix were visible during the recent COP26 negotiations.

At 19th session of the UNIDO General Conference, a new leader for an organization primed to build a better future

VIENNA, 3 December 2021 – The 19th session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) General Conference , which concluded today, has taken place at a critical juncture, following the UN Secretary-General’s call for a “Decade of Action” and as countries all over the world strive to recover from the socioeconomic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

UNIDO to create a multilateral industrial policy forum to support Member States

VIENNA, 3 December 2021 -  The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has held a side event titled, “Revival of industrial policy – prospects for establishing a global industrial policy forum for multilateral policy learning and knowledge sharing”, during the organization's 19th General Conference.

New publication on sectoral transformation for inclusive and sustainable industrial development

VIENNA, 3 December 2021 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is pleased to announce the launch of a new publication: Sectoral transformation for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Methodological approaches.

The Future of Industrialization in a Post-Pandemic World: Industrial Development Report 2022

VIENNA, 1 December 2021 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched its 2022 Industrial Development Report (IDR), The Future of Industrialization in a Post-pandemic World, at a plenary event of the nineteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference. The main findings of the report were presented and discussed with a panel of high-level policymakers and prominent experts in the field of industrial development.

UNIDO and Government of the Republic of Zambia sign Programme for Country Partnership

VIENNA, 29 November 2021 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General, LI Yong, and Zambia's Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Chipoka Mulenga, have signed a five-year Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) on the occasion of the Eighth Forum on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial D

UNIDO announces new online course on investment project preparation and appraisal

VIENNA, 2 December 2021 - The acceleration to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires investments from both the public and private sectors to address the discrepancy between demand and supply of investment finances for sustainable economic development of developing countries.

Innovative partnerships key to scale up impact, build a better future for all

VIENNA, 30 November 2021 – Representatives of donor governments and partner institutions of UNIDO at the Organization’s fifth Donor Meeting agreed that innovative partnerships and programmatic approaches can provide more flexibility, efficiency, transparency and accountability in delivering development impact.

Partnerships for socio-economic recovery: focus of UNIDO’s Eighth ISID Forum

VIENNA, 29 November 2021 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today held its Eighth Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) Forum.

UNIDO celebrates the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

VIENNA, 1 December 2021 - During the 19th session of the UNIDO General Conference, a side event “International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021” was held, showcasing a wide scope of UNIDO technical assistance projects and tools, encompas

Change of management at UNIDO: Gerd Müller succeeds Director General LI Yong

VIENNA, 30 November 2021 – Gerd Müller, Germany’s acting Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, is set to take office as the new Director General of UNIDO.

UNIDO’s Ninth Ministerial Conference of the LDCs concludes the preparatory process to Doha’s UN LDC 5

VIENNA, 26 November 2021 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held its Ninth Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) prior to the 19th Session of the General Conference.

GMIS 2021 Launches New Initiatives on 4IR Industrial Safety, Knowledge Outputs and Green Value Chains

DUBAI, 25 November - The fourth edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS 2021) drew to a close on Saturday, having tackled the issue of ‘rewiring societies: repurposing digitalization for prosperity’ and having launched several fresh initiatives related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and its interlinkages.