UNIDO is determined to end poverty and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality. As the increasingly competitive global economy has created and exacerbated inequalities, both among and within countries, UNIDO has focused on fostering new productive capacity in poorer and marginalized communities. Entrepreneurship development programmes help women gain access to productive resources and services, and help young people implement their own business projects and obtain on-the-job training. UNIDO also supports the move towards a dynamic creative industrial sector, which will generate new jobs while simultaneously empowering opportunity-driven women and youth entrepreneurs.

UNIDO recognizes that gender equality and the empowerment of women have significant positive impacts on sustained economic growth and sustainable industrial development, which are drivers of poverty reduction and social integration, and therefore implements a gender mainstreaming strategy in its various programmatic activities.

UNIDO is determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through cleaner production, industrial energy and resource efficiency, and promoting the growth of “green industries” in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Organization has helped countries to reduce use of natural resources and the level of greenhouse gas and other emissions and industrial wastes in industrial processes.

UNIDO also enables countries increase their competitiveness through the use of renewable energy and the efficient use of energy by industry, thereby contributing to the mitigation of climate change. It also helps countries to implement multilateral environmental agreements, such as the Montreal Protocol, the Stockholm Convention, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

UNIDO is determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives. In the face of a rapidly changing global economic landscape, a strategy for sustained growth must ensure a form of industrialization that makes opportunities accessible to all people and broadly distributes income and non-income gains across society. Both extreme and moderate poverty remain primarily rural, with 75 per cent of the world’s poor living in rural areas where productivity is low, local economic activity is inadequately diversified, unemployment rates are high and jobs are insecure. Against this background, UNIDO concentrates its efforts on the development of agro-industries, in particular by adding value to agricultural production by strengthening linkages between agriculture, industry and markets.

Sustained productivity improvements can ensure pro-poor outcomes and contribute to increased living standards, particularly in developing countries. Better access to domestic and international markets can make an enormous contribution to developing countries’ fight against poverty. In this context, UNIDO supports investment and technology promotion programmes, small and medium enterprise development, and trade capacity-building. The Organization strengthens international trade norms and standards by assisting developing countries and transition economies in upgrading production and processing systems to enhance the quality of local products, in particular through the adoption of improved technologies.

UNIDO is determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies, which are free from fear and violence. Natural crises or conflicts cause social and economic dislocation, which reduce the productive capacity of the economy and the ability of the affected people to generate sustainable livelihoods. Socio-economic development is a key factor in a country’s ability to avoid, withstand or recover from internal and external shocks. In this context, human security and a human rights-based approach to industrialization have special prominence in UNIDO’s programmatic activities, with a special focus on economic recovery in post-crisis situations. The empowerment of communities in countries and regions emerging from crisis situations is addressed through UNIDO initiatives promoting post-crisis productive rehabilitation, reconstruction and sustainable livelihoods, in particular by developing the potential of the micro- and small-scale enterprises (MSEs) sector.

UNIDO recognizes that stakeholder engagement and building solid partnerships are necessary to achieve development results. UNIDO’s convening role brings Member States, the private sector, civil society and other partners together in major outcome-oriented events that serve to exchange and disseminate knowledge and information, facilitate partnerships, and forge common positions and plans of action for inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

To increase the impact of its technical cooperation, as well as to promote major issues related to industrial development, UNIDO has joined forces with other UN organizations and counterparts from the international community. With its profound know-how in industrial development, in-depth knowledge of developing countries and transition economies, worldwide pool of experts and presence in the field, UNIDO is a natural partner for companies and private foundations interested in achieving common development goals and objectives. Working closely with the private sector, UNIDO builds partnerships that advance inclusive and sustainable industrial development, while simultaneously driving business value.