UNIDO and ESCWA work together to eradicate poverty in the Arab region

VIENNA, 11 October 2021 - UNIDO and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) have concluded a memorandum of understanding that identifies a series of technical areas for joint cooperation which include the development of agro-industries, increasing the participation of women and youth in productive activities, positioning Arab industries at the right stage of global value chains, and supporting small and medium enterprise development, trade capacity-building, and entrepreneurship development.

Are we on track to meet the SDG9 industry-related targets by 2030?

VIENNA, 11 October 2021 - A new report published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Statistical Indicators of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization, looks at the progress made towards achieving the industry-related targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report is primarily based on the SDG9 indicators related to inclusive and sustainable industrialization, for which UNIDO is designated as a custodian agency, showing the patterns of the recent changes in different country groups.

PCP industrial diagnostic study validated by Rwandan stakeholders

KIGALI, 8 October 2021 – An industrial diagnostic study carried out by experts from UNIDO has been validated by Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Yves Bernard Ningabire, and other relevant Rwandan stakeholders, paving the way for the formulation of a Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) Rwanda.

UNIDO/FAO masterclasses at the World Food Forum

VIENNA, 7 October 2021 - While we currently produce enough food to feed every man, woman, and child in the world, there are nearly 700 million people who are hungry, a number which is growing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. An increase in threats like pests, plagues, conflict and climate change are compounding this global food crisis.

Getting back on track: looser restrictions fire up post-pandemic recovery


VIENNA, 4 October 2021 - More than a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic hit global manufacturing in an unprecedented way by disrupting global value chains and restricting the movement of people and goods. Now, with a greater understanding of the channels of transmission and the vaccination campaign advancing in some countries, numerous governments across the world have begun easing restrictions.

Japan, Hitachi Construction Machinery and UNIDO to train construction equipment operators in Zambia

LUSAKA, 29 September 2021 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Japan, the Government of Zambia, and Hitachi Construction Machinery company are joining forces to address the growing demand for skilled construction equipment operators in Zambia’s construction and mining industries.

Strengthening Africa's pharmaceutical industry: learning the lessons from COVID-19

NEW YORK, 28 September 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted Africa´s vulnerability due to its reliance on imports for most vaccines, medicines and other health product needs. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) estimates that Africa imports about 94% of its pharmaceutical

How do digital skills contribute to an inclusive future?

VIENNA, 22 September 2021 – Experts from various sectors and backgrounds gathered at the annual LKDF Forum to address the importance of digital skills in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and their role in social inclusion.

Azerbaijan: UNIDO focusing on resource efficiency and circular economy in the industrial sector

BAKU, 23 September 2021 – In a recent interview with the Trend News Agency, Stephan Sicars, Managing Director at UNIDO’s Directorate of Managing Director of Environment and Energy, has answered questions about Azerbaijan’s economy and the environment.

UNIDO hosts the fifth Global Chemical Leasing Award ceremony

VIENNA, 15 September 2021 – Companies from around the world have been acknowledged for best practices, innovative approaches and ideas related to chemical leasing and similar performance-based business models for sustainable chemicals management. The award ceremony was held in a hybrid format with an in-person event combined with live streaming to a global audience.

Council of Engineers to support UN Secretary General’s call for zero emissions by 2050

NEW YORK, 16 September 2021 - The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) - an independent advisory council to the United Nations Secretary General - has been formally launched.

UNIDO, Finland agree to strengthen cooperation on developing the natural resources sector and the circular economy in developing countries

VIENNA, 8 September 2021 – LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, and Pirkko Hämäläinen, Ambassador of Finland to Austria and Permanent Representative to UNIDO, have signed an agreement to foster partnerships aiming to harness the potential of developing countries in the natural resources and circular economy sectors by enabling well-functioning, inclusive and sustainable value chains and business models.

UNIDO DG delivers key speech at the Ministerial Session of the African Union Commission’s Specialized Technical Committee for Trade, Industry and Minerals

VIENNA, 3 September 2021 – UNIDO Director General LI Yong delivered a speech at the Ministerial Session of the Third Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee of Trade, Industry and Minerals, which was organized virtually by the African Union Commission’s Department of Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining.

UNIDO reaffirms support for sustainable graduation of least developed countries

VIENNA, 30 August 2021 - Ahead of the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), an Asia-Pacific Regional Review Meeting has discussed the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs (IPoA). The Meeting was jointly hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (UN-OHRLLS), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the Government of Bangladesh.

Partnership to help reduce South Africa's beverage industry footprint

PRETORIA, 31 August 2021 - The beverage industry in South Africa still presents significant opportunities for addressing water, energy and waste efficiencies across the entire value chain

UNIDO participates in the G20 Digital Ministers’ Meeting 2021

TRIESTE, 5 August 2021 – At the invitation of Italy, which currently holds the presidency of the G20, UNIDO has addressed the G20 Digital Ministers’ Meeting. The gathering was the culmination of meetings held throughout the year by the G20 Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) in which UNIDO has participated and supported.

Sudan: UNIDO holds consultations on industrial policy, helping to drive industrial development

KHARTOUM, 29 July 2021 – At the request of the Government of Sudan, UNIDO is supporting Sudan’s efforts to transform the country’s economy in such way that it complies with core principles for achieving sustainable development, higher productivity and increased value added by conducting a diagnostic study of the industrial sector.

UNIDO launches EU-funded Value Chain Investment Support scheme for post-harvest fisheries in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 3 August, 2021 - With support of the European Union, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have launched a Value Chain Investment Support (VCIS) scheme to support Cambodia’s enterprises.