United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. UNIDO’s mission is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three dimensions of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNIDO’s mandate is to support Member States in achieving SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.
UNIDO’s programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities, each of which represents different aspects of ISID: Creating shared prosperity, Advancing economic competitiveness, Safeguarding the environment. Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation.
UNIDO has a long history of joint cooperation with Mongolia. The first UNIDO project in Mongolia started as early as 1968. Since then, Mongolia has received support from UNIDO in a number of areas. Special focus is currently on assisting Mongolia to diversify its economy to ensure local value addition through agro-processing activities. This is done, among other things, in cooperation with FAO. On the environmental side, UNIDO is also helping Mongolia in the sustainable management of chemicals and wastes. Dedicated projects are implemented under the Stockholm Convention on POPs and under the Minamata Convention on mercury. UNIDO is also assisting Mongolia in cooperation with UNEP, UNITAR, ILO and UNDP under the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) to develop appropriate policies and strategies and strengthen national capacities to implement green development strategy.