UNIDO is working with its Member States and partners to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, to recover from its socioeconomic consequences, and to build a better future together.
As we recover from the immediate health emergency and its devastating impact on jobs, livelihoods and trade, the crisis also opens up an opportunity for a much-needed transformation that will speed up progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and protect us from future crises.
UNIDO and the impact of the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the worst human and economic crisis for decades, leading to a decline in manufacturing output, spending, incomes, employment, and overall economic growth, ultimately resulting in the deepest recession since the Second World War. Beyond these short-term dynamics, the pandemic triggered major shifts such as the accelerating pace of digitalization and automation, the fourth industrial revolution, and its impact on labour markets and productivity.
The achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is seriously jeopardized and the effects of the pandemic can be long-lasting and severe, unless the international policy response focuses on a robust and sustainable recovery and on economic, societal and climate resilience.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, economies with a strong, diversified industrial sector were found to be associated with a lower loss in GDP growth and a faster recovery. UNIDO’s work in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development is therefore of critical importance for socio-economic recovery and to build a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.
1. United Nations system socio-economic response
- • Secretary-General report: Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 (31 March 2020)
- • United Nations framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19 (27 April 2020)
- • 2020 Global Report of the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (July 2021)
- • COVID-19 Data portal
1. UNIDO resources
- • UNIDO response framework (April/May 2020): [العربية] [中文] [English] [Français] [Русский] [Español]
- • Report IDB.49/12–PBC.37/11 (8 April 2021): [العربية] [中文] [English] [Français] [Русский] [Español]
- • Report IDB.48/CRP.5 (20 November 2020) (available on the extranet)
- • Report IDB.48/11–PBC.36/11 (10 August 2020): [العربية] [中文] [English] [Français] [Русский] [Español]
- • Report to the General Assembly on Industrial development cooperation (A/75/158 of 14 July 2020): [العربية] [中文] [English] [Français] [Русский] [Español]
- • Director General on the UN DESA Voice SDG Blog (1 July 2020)
- • Director General’s message (7 April 2020)
Further UNIDO resources developed in 2020:
- • COVID-19 Industrial Recovery Programme (CIRP)
- • Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis, Pathway to Business Continuity and Recovery: Guidance for MSMEs (June 2020)
- • COVID-19 Implications and Responses: Digital Transformation and Industrial Recovery (July 2020)
- • Impact Assessment of COVID-19 on Thai Industrial Sector
- • World Manufacturing Production Report
- • UNIDO firm-level surveys 2020
1. Overview of specific activities of the UNIDO COVID-19 response
While continuing its mandated activities that by their nature address the socio-economic challenges created by the pandemic, UNIDO took urgent action from February 2020 onwards to launch specific activities under the UNIDO framework of “Responding to the crisis, building a better future”.
- • Monitoring, situational analyses and information sharing, including through articles, analyses, and opinion pieces on the impact of COVID-19 and its mitigation
- • Surveys of manufacturing firms
- • A global call for innovative ideas and technologies
- • Launch of the COVID-19 Industrial Recovery Programme (CIRP)
- • Guidance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), including on business continuity and recovery
- • Knowledge-sharing through online conferences, webinars and training
- • Emergency response assistance, including support to governments in the procurement of critical supplies
- • Harmonization of quality standards for hand sanitizers, medical face masks, other personal protective equipment (PPE), and lung ventilators
- • Revitalization of light manufacturing by repurposing for PPE production
- • Supporting the local production and testing of PPE, medical devices, etc.
- • Capacity-building for MSMEs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs for workplace safety, to contain economic consequences and adapt to the crisis
- • Medical waste management and disposal of hazardous medical waste
- • Building back better: supporting an economic recovery towards inclusive, resilient and environmentally sustainable economies
1. UNIDO on the ground
- Newsletter of PFC (August 2021)
- Newsletter of PFC (May 2021)
- Newsletter of PFC (March 2021)
- Newsletter of PFC (February 2021 - Special Edition Kenya)
- Newsletter of PFC (December 2020 - Special Edition Cambodia)
- Newsletter of PFC (November-December 2020)
- Newsletter of PFC (October 2020)
- Newsletter of PFC (September 2020)
- Newsletter of PFC (August 2020)
- Newsletter of PFC (July 2020)
- Newsletter of PFC (June 2020)
- Newsletter of PTC/PPF (May 2020)
- Newsletter of PTC/PPF (April 2020)