The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability.
The mission of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. The organisation’s activities are is structured in three thematic priorities, each of which representing different aspects of ISID: creating shared prosperity, advancing economic competitiveness, and safeguarding the environment.
One specific area of work for the organisation focuses on promoting investments and development in the field of science, technology and innovation. UNIDO conducts a technical cooperation programme in this area, which measures and analyses gaps in technology, and works toward decreasing them in a systematic and sustainable fashion.
UNIDO is one of the co-facilitators of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) action lines, in the area of capacity building.