Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development; and expanding technical cooperation

The impacts of global economic recession, climate change events and oil price shocks cause a re-evaluation of global economic, environmental and energy policies. At the same time, attention to environmental and energy issues grows, both in industrialized and developing countries.


South-South Industrial Cooperation Centre
Manufacture of essential medicines

UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Cooperation established in China.

New programme to support the local production of essential medicines in developing countries.


Vienna Energy Forum
Green Industry Conference

First Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is held.

Government of the Philippines hosts first Green Industry Conference.


Gender equality policy

New policy on gender equality and women’s empowerment adopted.


Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

UNIDO helps form Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECPnet).


Change and organizational renewal

Organization-wide change programme streamlines business processes and implements Enterprise Resource Planning system.


ISO 50001 standard
Cleantech Innovation Programme

ISO 50001 standard on energy management developed with key support from UNIDO.

UNIDO and GEF partner to launch Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs.


Institute for Capacity Development

Institute established to provide training on key aspects of industrial development.


Sustainable energy initiative

Ministerial Energy Forum in Ghana paves way for Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres.

Conference of Parties to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change entrusts UNIDO and UNEP with establishing Climate Technology Centre and Network.


LI Yong

LI Yong (People’s Republic of China) is elected Director General.


Minamata Convention

UNIDO is actively involved in UNEP-led inter-governmental negotiations which result in signing of Minamata Convention on Mercury.


Second Lima Declaration adopts ISID

Second Lima Declaration sets foundation for new vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).


Programme for Country Partnerships

Partnerships facilitate ISID efforts of stakeholders and align investment flows into national industrialization programmes.

Series of ISID Forums follow.


Resource effi ciency and circular economy

EU introduces circular economy action plan and G7 founds an alliance for resource efficiency.


Financing for development
Gender equality strategy

Third International Conference on Financing for Development takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Strategy on gender equality and the empowerment of women introduced.


Sustainable Development Goals

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 9 reflects UNIDO’s mission.