Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Multilateral Aid Review: Assessment of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

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UNIDO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial

development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental

sustainability. It provides technical support to member states. It has 173

member states with representation in 44 countries.

UNIDO’s mandate aims to promote adherence to international environmental

and social standards and norms that are required by international trading

markets. It assists developing countries to meet these standards. Normative

activities are complemented by programmes that aim to reduce poverty

through development of sustainable industrial activities. Inclusive

globalization and environmental sustainability are priority focus areas, with

UNIDO acting as a global forum to generate and disseminate industry-related

knowledge. UNIDO’s comparative advantage is its assistance to Small and

Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which account for a substantial proportion of

Gross National Index (GNI) in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Middle

Income Countries (MICs).

The UNIDO governing body comprises a General Conference (173 Member

States), Industrial Development Board (53 Member States) and a Programme

and Budget Committee (27 Member States). The UK is represented in all

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