News

COVID-19 and how to build resilient manufacturing capacity for essential medicines and vaccines in developing countries

GENEVA, 19 May 2021 – Representatives of like-minded UN Member States have met virtually for the second meeting of the Group of Friends of Industry and Innovation in Geneva.

We can’t wait 267 years to achieve equal economic participation for men and women

VIENNA, 2 June 2021 - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen numerous industries stumble as the crisis has hit many sectors' productivity and employment rates. And in this scenario, women have been the hardest hit. According to the International Labour Organization, 5% of all employed women lost their jobs, compared with 3.9% of working men.

UNIDO catalogue of tools and methodologies to boost competitiveness with quality and standards

VIENNA, 1 June 2012 - UNIDO has published a catalogue of tools and methodologies for Boosting Competitiveness with Quality and Standards. The catalogue serves to introduce UNIDO’s unique set of resources that can strengthen competitiveness through the application of quality and standards.

ITFC partners with UNIDO to support Egypt’s cotton sector and Sudan’s dairy sector

JEDDAH/VIENNA, 2 June 2021 – The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today held a high-level bilateral meeting to highlight two project agreements in a virtual kick-off ceremony with Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of ITFC and LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO. Following the ceremony, the ongoing strategic partnership between the two entities was further discussed.  

Major global economies announce collaboration to drive the global decarbonization of steel and cement

VIENNA, 1 June 2021 In a high-level online session earlier today, a coalition of governments and organizations, led by the United Kingdom (UK) and India, launched the new Clean Energy Ministerial’s Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI).

Candidates for the post of Director General of UNIDO meet Member States

VIENNA, 28 May 2021 – A forum of candidates for the post of Director General of UNIDO has been held at the Organization’s headquarters.

UNIDO convenes experts to consider manufacturing responses to COVID-19 and lessons to be learnt

VIENNA, 18 May 2021 - UNIDO believes that the COVID-19 pandemic brings an opportunity to glean lessons and present feasible solutions to improve the governance of global manufacturing in the face of this and future crises.

CONCORDi 2021 conference and call for papers: Industrial innovation for competitive sustainability

VIENNA, 17 May 2021 - CONCORDi 2021, the biennial European conference on corporate R&D and innovation, takes place  22-25 November 2021. The focus of this 8th edition is on “Industrial innovation for competitive sustainability”. The Conference aims to identify the research, business and policy challenges in this area for the decade to come, and to provide guidance to the EU industrial research and innovation policy agenda.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurates third Integrated Agro-Industrial Park

BULBULA, ETHIOPIA, 18 May 2021 - The Bulbula Integrated Agro-Industrial Park, which occupies 271 hectares of land in Western Oromia Regional State, has been inaugurated in the presence of Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Shimelis Abdissa, President of Oromia Regional State, and Melaku Alebel, Federal Minister of Trade and Industry.

Three candidates nominated for the post of Director General of UNIDO

VIENNA, 12 May 2021 – The governments of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Ethiopia and Germany have nominated candidates for the post of Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Viet Nam’s mango industry: towards compliance with export market requirements

Dong Thap province, Viet Nam, 30 April 2021 – A Swiss-funded project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is helping mango value chain stakeholders in the Mekong River Delta to maximize export opportunities.

UNIDO and Egypt to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrialization through Programme for Country Partnership (PCP)

CAIRO, 28 April 2021 - LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, today signed the five year, EUR172 million Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) to advance Egypt’s inclusive and sustainable industrialization. Building on UNIDO’s long-standing technical cooperation activities, the PCP will support Egypt’s transformation in line with the country’s national policies and development strategies as well as the UN Partnership Development Framework for Egypt and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Germany still leads the world in industrial competitiveness, but China is inching closer

Germany once again achieved the highest rank in the latest edition of UNIDO’s Competitive Industrial Performance (CIP) Index.  China has climbed three positions in the last six years and currently ranks in second place. The Republic of Korea completes the top three in the ranking, which in its 2020 edition compares a total of 152 economies. This year’s report includes a separate chapter on African economies and their industrial competitiveness.

Japanese technologies help Africa and Asia fight COVID-19

TOKYO, 27 April 2021 – Operated by the Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo, the STePP programme, which seeks to contribute to the inclusive and sustainable industrialization of developing and emerging countries, has already secured the participation of more than 110 Japanese companies with over 110 innovative technologies that focus on health and hygiene; the environment; the energy sector; and agribusiness.

Laboratory policy: a guide to development and implementation

VIENNA, 23 April 2021 - More than ever, the past year has shown the need for effective testing capacities and related laboratory infrastructure.

Driving investment in the transformation to a circular economy - New partnership calls for expressions of interest for projects on circular plastic packaging and textiles in developing countries

VIENNA, 28 April 2021 - A partnership led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) issued a call for expressions of interest for pilot projects aimed at accelerating the circular economy in two critical value chains of developing countries, namely textiles and garments and plastic packaging.

Joining hands to strengthen food safety knowledge in West Africa

BISSAU, 21 April 2021 - In the context of the Guinea-Bissau component of the European Union-funded West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP), implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), 30 Bissau-Guineans  received training on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System, HACCP, and on the ISO standard for Food Safety Management System, ISO 22000.

Japan supports ten UNIDO projects with US$7.29 million

VIENNA, 19 April 2021 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan are joining hands to implement ten new UNIDO projects with a total budget of US$7.29 million. At today’s kick-off event,  LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, and Ambassador Takeshi Hikihara, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, marked the start of projects in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana,  the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Madagascar, the State of Palestine, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Yemen.

UNIDO, Norway agree programme to support countries’ access to global markets

VIENNA, 19 April 2021 – LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Kjersti E. Andersen, Ambassador of Norway to Austria and Permanent Representative to UNIDO, have signed the Global Market Access Programme (GMAP) with a duration of five years and a budget of approximately €10.5 million.