United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), established on the 8th of April 1979, is a UN Organisation primarily associated with Sustainable Development Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and is dedicated to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the Member States. The Organisation has four focal points which are creating shared prosperity, advancing economic competitiveness, safeguarding the environment, and strengthening knowledge and institutions. As of April 2019, 170 States are members of UNIDO.
In the Europe and Central Asia region, UNIDO has a total of 10 offices, located in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Previously, Member States located in the region have shown constant economic growth due to increased amounts of international trade and investments. Nonetheless, the region is still suffering from poverty and insufficient industries regardless of the constant growth. To support sustainable industrial growth and decrease poverty rates, UNIDO created a programme specifically for the region, promoting industrial development and assisting nations in supporting national economies and raising industrial strength. Additionally, UNIDO aims to assist Member States develop international industrial partnerships. Through supporting industrial developments, UNIDO promotes socially equitable, environmentally friendly, and technologically optimized industrial production.
Addressing the inefficiencies of state-owned enterprises in the Balkans
Promoting industrial growth through digital transformation
Encouraging diversification of economic activity and production structures in Central Asia