The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and guide all global, regional and national development endeavours until the year 2030. Adopted in 2015, the SDGs seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They are universal, integrated and indivisible, and seek to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental dimensions. The breadth and scope of the SDGs reflect the complexity and scale of challenges to be addressed in the modern era.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is contributing to the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda through its mandate to support Member States in achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID). The actions outlined below exemplify how UNIDO contributes to specific SDGs. Due to the interlinked nature of the SDGs, many of UNIDO’s activities contribute to more than one SDG.
While UNIDO contributes to all goals of the 2030 Agenda, SDG 9 takes a special position for the Organization, as it recognizes the role of industry, innovation and infrastructure for sustainable development.
There is broad evidence for industrialization as the driver of sustained prosperity. Inclusive and sustainable industrialization is a primary source of income generation, and allows for rapid and sustained increases in living standards. The industrial sector has strong linkages to the other parts of the economy, and serves as an integrator also between agriculture and the service sector. Such linkages ensure that the economic dynamism and growth in one sector spreads to another. The interrelations between industry, innovation and infrastructure are strong, as industry is an important source of innovation, providing the technological solutions for environmentally sound development and the achievement of green objectives, such as increased resource- and energy-efficiency, low-carbon production, circular economies and climate action.
The COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance of ISID, also as a pathway for socio-economic recovery and to build a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.
UNIDO is a custodian agency for six industry-related indicators under SDG 9, collecting and compiling data for the global database of SDG indicators. Track the progress of individual countries here. Learn more about the 2030 Agenda, its progress and indicators on the UN official website and the SDGs knowledge platform.