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Building back from the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, science is a powerful tool in support for a better socio-economic recovery and a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future.

Through its analytical and policy advisory services, UNIDO provides Member States with tools to shape and appropriate industrial strategies and policies. Throughout the pandemic, the UNIDO Department for Policy Research and Statistics has published a number of analytical studies and opinion pieces on the global impacts of COVID-19 on the industrial sector, evaluating the policy measures introduced, and providing recommendations for policymakers and stakeholders to navigate the crisis and rebuild their economies.

Research & articles

  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the call for innovation policies in the health sector
    The COVID-19 pandemic and the call for innovation policies in the health sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the importance of well-defined, long-term industrial and STI policies aimed at mitigating the risks associated with innovative activities that target unmet public health needs. Brazil is a case in point.

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  • COVID-19: Long-term support for biotech yields vaccine promise in Cuba
    Why industrial development matters now more than ever before

    Manufacturing is the key to economic growth and underpins inclusive and sustainable development.

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  • COVID-19: Long-term support for biotech yields vaccine promise in Cuba
    COVID-19: A wake up call for research and industrial capacity-building

    The pandemic is a reminder that investments in scientific, technological and productive capacities are necessary to build resilience in crises.

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  • COVID-19: Long-term support for biotech yields vaccine promise in Cuba
    How industrial policy can mitigate the impact of the pandemic

    Policy actions and coordination will be crucial in mitigating the impacts of the global pandemic on industry.

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  • COVID-19: Long-term support for biotech yields vaccine promise in Cuba
    Aligning business and finance with sustainable development

    While public interventions are crucial, global transformation requires the deep engagement and alignment of the private sector.

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  • COVID-19: Long-term support for biotech yields vaccine promise in Cuba
    Foreign Investment: How to make it work for developing countries

    Policy reforms need to address low financial returns which hamper the contribution of FDI to sustainable development.

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Examples of activities

UNIDO provides a variety of upstream functions such as analytical, advisory, normative, convening and capacity building that aim at strengthening Member States’ policymaking efforts with regard to industrial development. Upon the request of the government of Cuba, UNIDO developed a project to boost industrial competitiveness of Cuba through design of an evidence-based industrial strategy and of the related implementation policy through (a) improving industrial statistics capacity for Cuba; (b) advising and training high-level government officials and working-level experts; and (c) advising and supervising the production of an industrialization strategy for Cuba.

Find out more on the OpenData platform.

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and industrial development are two powerful drivers of economic diversification and value addition, economic growth and sustainable development. It is against this backdrop that this project will assist UNIDO to more effectively participate in global debates and efforts to foster the contribution of STI and industrial development to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030. This project will support the creation of a policy and research and engagement programme at UNID on how to leverage STI for the achievement of ISID and the SDGs.

Find out more on the OpenData platform.

In line with its mandate to support Member States introducing circular economies practices into their economies and industrial value chains to help improve resource productivity and minimize waste, UNIDO, in partnership with the Italian academic institutions, has been tasked with organizing a training programme on circular economy. This programme aims at raising awareness of mid- to high-level policymakers from Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia on matters related to industrial policy and circular economy through a dedicated training course.

Find out more on the UNIDO Website and on the OpenData platform.

In the Arab and African regions, UNIDO, through the implementation of a capacity development programme for policymakers on environmentally sustainable industrial development, aims to develop the capacities of mid-level policymakers to better design and implement green industrial policies and circular economy by familiarizing them with a range of tools, best practices and instruments to tackle these challenges. This will in turn enable the policymakers to improve the environmental impact of their countries’ industrial sector in an effective and comprehensive way.

Find out more on the OpenData platform.


  • December 2021(date TBC) : Forum on Globalization and Industrialization
  • 29 November - 3 December 2021: UNIDO General Conference, 19th session, launch of the Industrial Development Report 2022
  • 22 - 25 November 2021: CONCORDi 2021
  • The Forum on Globalization and Industrialization will be co-organized with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Kiel Centre for Globalization.

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    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.

    CONCORDi 2021 is organized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC) - Growth and Innovation Directorate - in association with the European Association for Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

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