1. Forming economic integration and cooperation for industrial development in third world countries
2. Industrialization of Africa
As of 1 April 2019, 170 states are members of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Member states regularly discuss and decide on the guiding principles and policies of UNIDO within policymaking organs. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in member states. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognised by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), frame United Nations’ efforts towards sustainable development within the following eleven years.
The mandate of UNIDO is fully recognised in Sustainable Development Goal-9, which calls upon the building of resilient insfrastructure, the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and the fostering of innovation. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.
Accordingly, the Organisation’s programmatic focus is structured, as further elaborated in the Organisation’s Medium-Term Programme Framework, in four strategic priorities:
- Creating shared prosperity
- Advancing economic competitiveness
- Safeguarding the environment
- Strengthening knowledge and institutons
Each of these programmatic fields contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented holistically to achieve concrete outcomes and positive impact through UNIDO’s four enabling fuctions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research function, and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and activities related to standards and quality; (iv) convening functions and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. In carrying out the core requirements of its mission, UNIDO has considerably increased its technical servies over the past ten years. Moreover, it has substantially increased its mobilisation of financial resources, testifying to the growing international recognition of the Organisation as an effective provider of progressive industrial development services.