VIENNA, 22 October 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the advancement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). It is creating many challenges, yet also it unveils opportunities to build back better.

GENEVA, 9 October 2020 – Representatives of like-minded UN Member States have met virtually to launch the Group of “Friends of Industry and Innovation”. In line with the UN Decade of Action, the informal group was formed to provide a platform to further Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 and industrialization in decision-making processes in a city that is at the centre of intergovernmental debate on global economic development and which is a hub of expertise on trade, investment and technology.

PRETORIA, 15 October 2020 - South Africa’s largest energy efficiency initiative: Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement in South Africa through Mainstreaming the Introduction of Energy Management Systems and Energy Systems Optimization, has won the highest international accolade for an energy programme - the International Energy Project of the Year - awarded by the global Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

VIENNA, 9 October 2020 - More than 400 people, 45 speakers, and representatives of ten partners took part in the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) Forum 2020 – three days of interactive sessions deliberating on “green skills for a sustainable future” and the start of what the World Economic Forum calls a reskilling revolution.

PHNOM PENH, 8 October 2020 – The Ministry of Industry Science Technology and Innovation (MISTI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have jointly published guidance for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in the Khmer language.

VIENNA, 6 October 2020 - Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Europe and Central Asia need an integrated package of financial and non-financial instruments to help them adapt to the  twin challenges of COVID-19 and accelerated digitalization, according to the panel for the recent GMIS Digital Series webinar, “Industrial Recovery in Europe and Central Asia: Accelerating Digital Transformation for MSMEs”

VIENNA, 5 October 2020 - The Bridge for Cities 2020 event provided a forum for mayors and other urban stakeholders to discuss and exchange views on relevant experiences, challenges and opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event placed particular emphasis on green, social and technological innovations which can assist cities to recover from the crisis and act as an accelerator for the Sustainable Development Goals.
VIENNA, 7 October 2020 - To support partner countries in their efforts to foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the Government of Italy is funding three new UNIDO interventions in Iraq, Jordan and Sudan.

VIENNA, 6 October 2020 - “COVID-19 has put a lot of strain on our society and on economies around the globe. To help small and medium enterprises to continue to recover from the pandemic, they need proper access to finance and investment to help them foster digital capabilities. We need to ensure that SMEs are part of the digital transformation if we want to build a sustainable future - allowing progress that enhances the opportunities for all.”

VIENNA, 1 October 2020 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the European Brand Institute (EBI), held the 16th Brand Global Summit at the Vienna International Centre and online. The Summit brought together leading branding experts and government representatives, and showcased success stories of Branding for Sustainability – a theme that raises awareness of brands’ impact on business performance, upgrading and sustainable development.