Mission: Towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development

According to its Lima Declaration, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aims to eradicate poverty through inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID). UNIDO advocates that ISID is the key driver for the successful integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions, required to fully realize sustainable development for the benefit of our future generations.

Inclusive and sustainable industrial development means that:

  • Every country achieves a higher level of industrialization in their economies, and benefits from the globalization of markets for industrial goods and services.
  • No one is left behind in benefiting from industrial growth, and prosperity is shared among women and men, young and old, rural and urban dwellers alike, in all countries.
  • Broader economic and social growth is supported within an environmentally sustainable framework.
  • Unique knowledge and resources are combined of all relevant development actors to maximize the development impact of ISID.

The enormous potential of ISID to deliver upon the multi-dimensional aspirations of development has also been recognized by all members of the United Nations, which adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG-9 “Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation”.

Vision: Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

The global community finds itself at a critical juncture today. While poverty is still the central challenge of our world, we now effectively have the means to eradicate poverty within the next generation.
Poverty is a complex phenomenon with many dimensions that go far beyond low income levels. Finding the right responses in each context thus requires concerted efforts across the spectrum of development cooperation, so as to achieve better livelihoods for the poor. This is what the new sustainable development agenda currently being formulated to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has to live up to. It has to present a clear roadmap for eradicating poverty in its full multidimensional context of economic deprivation, social inequality and environmental degradation.
So where do we stand today? Fortunately, there are many good examples to build on and success stories to share. Many countries have reached higher development levels in all dimensions – economic, social and environmental – for the benefit of their people.
Three decades ago, every second person in the developing world was poor. In 2010, the share of women and men living in absolute poverty had decreased to just over 20 per cent. Analyzing the drivers for this trend demonstrates that it was the countries with steady economic growth, driven by industrialization, international trade and related services that have managed to reduce poverty most effectively.

In fact, there is not a single country in the world that has reached a high stage of economic and social development without having developed an advanced industrial sector.
Yet, steady prosperity has not been achieved throughout the world and there remain remarkable differences between and within regions, countries and societies. Growth in the past occurred too often without providing the opportunity of participation and reward to significant segments of the population, and women and youth in particular.
Clearly, future strategies for poverty reduction need to be economically empowered. This is the only way to generate the income needed to enable individuals, households, and governments to pursue their own development priorities and to support their path to self-reliance. This must be the ultimate goal of our efforts to achieve sustainable development in all its dimensions.
In fact, efforts to address the prevailing social and environmental challenges in a sustainable and lasting manner have usually only succeeded when supported by economic growth.
As a response to these challenges, UNIDO is promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to harness the full potential of industry’s contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, and lasting prosperity for all.
This brochure introduces some of the key elements and issues related to this new vision, as enshrined in UNIDO’s landmark Lima Declaration adopted by the Organization’s Member States on 2 December 2013. It will shape the future operations, spirit and direction of UNIDO for many years to come.
Our challenge now, and our historic opportunity, is to recognize the potential of ISID, and to contribute our efforts for the common good in a new long-term development agenda beyond 2015

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