The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized Agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in Developing Countries and Economies in Transition, and it works towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest Countries.

The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next years. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.

Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities:


Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and qualityrelated activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation.

In carrying out the core requirements of its mission, UNIDO has considerably increased its technical services over the past ten years. At the same time, it has also substantially increased its mobilization of financial resources, testifying to the growing international recognition of the Organization as an effective provider of catalytic industrial development services.

Mr. LI Yong was elected as the new Director General of UNIDO on 28 June 2013.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Vienna International Centre
Wagramerstr 5
P.O. Box 300 A-1400 Vienna Austria

Tel: +43 (1) 26026-0
Fax: +43 (1) 2692669

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ITPOs Network

Within the UN system, there’s a unique network made up of technical field offices, strategically situated in industrialized and emerging economies equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

A UNIDO global network, which promotes responsible foreign and domestic investments and sustainable technology through public and private sector partnerships for inclusive growth and creation of wealth in Developing Countries.

The network comprises offices (Investment and Technology Promotion Offices – ITPOs) in Bahrain, China (Shanghai), South Korea, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, Germany and Italy. The mission is to facilitate investment flows and technology transfers to host and recipient Countries by providing high quality, tailor made and demand driven services to public and private sectors. The mission is accomplished through partnerships and networks, capacity building activities, advisory services, promotional events, investment and technology projects assessment, and matchmaking activities.