ISID Timeline

14-15 November 2016
Fifth ISID Forum
30 November 2015
Fourth ISID Forum
14 July 2015
Third ISID Forum
20 April 2015
Official launch of PCP Senegal
February 2015
Government of Senegal officially approves PCP document
2015
December 2014
Government of Ethiopia officially approves PCP document
4-5 November 2014
Second ISID Forum
23-24 June 2014
First ISID Forum
2014
20 December 2013
Lima Declaration

Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

LI Yong, UNIDO Director General

The Lima Declaration, adopted by UNIDO’s Member States in December 2013, set the foundation for a new vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) and highlighted the role of industrialization as a driver for development.

"Inclusive" in this context means that industrial development must include all countries and all peoples, as well as the private sector, civil society organizations, multinational development institutions, and all parts of the UN system, and offer equal opportunities and an equitable distribution of the benefits of industrialization to all stakeholders. The term “sustainable” addresses the need to decouple the prosperity generated from industrial activities from excessive natural resource use and negative environmental impacts.

ISID therefore implies that no one is left behind and all parts of society benefit from industrial progress, which also provides the means for tackling critical social and humanitarian needs.

ISID and the post-2015 development agenda

Over the past few years, the international community has made a quantum leap in advancing new approaches to accelerate progress and pave the way for a more ambitious, inclusive and universal development framework beyond 2015. While industrialization was not factored into the Millennium Development Goals framework, inclusive and sustainable industrialization now features strongly in the post-2015 development discourse.

The UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has proposed as goal 9 “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. This confirms the provisions of the Lima Declaration and the relevance of ISID for the new global development architecture.

Successfully implementing ISID in our current era of globalization requires approaches that harness globally available knowledge, technology and innovation, and capital.

ISID – UNIDO’s vision at a glance

ISID enhances and reinforces economic growth and diversification in a socially inclusive and environmentally sound manner, guided by four overarching principles:

  • No one is left behind in benefiting from industrial growth, and prosperity is shared among all parts of society in all countries as industry creates the wealth needed to address critical social and humanitarian needs.

  • Every country is able to achieve a higher level of industrialization in their economies, and benefits from the globalization of markets for industrial goods and services.

  • Broader economic and social progress is supported within an environmentally sustainable framework.

  • The unique knowledge and resources of all relevant development actors are combined to maximize the development impact of ISID.

ISID – a priority around the world

The centrality of industrialization for development has increasingly been recognized across the globe, due to its ability to create more equitable, just and environmentally sustainable solutions in the interest of peace and security:

…a robust industrial transformation of economies of middle-income countries that contributes to sustainable development is one of the most important tools in the achievement of internationally-agreed development goals…

San José Declaration of Middle Income Countries (June 2013)

Europe needs a strong and competitive industrial base, in terms of both production and investment, as a key driver for economic growth and jobs.

European Council Conclusions (Heads of States and Government, March 2014)

The first of the six pillars identified by the AU as development priorities for Africa, defined as “structural economic transformation and inclusive growth”, specifically includes “diversification, industrialization and value addition

Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (March 2014)

…a robust industrial transformation of economies of middle-income countries that contributes to sustainable development is one of the most important tools in the achievement of internationally-agreed development goals…

San José Declaration of Middle Income Countries (June 2013)

Operationalizing ISID through 3 main pillars

In light of the renewed mandates given to both UNIDO and the United Nations as a whole, the Organization’s programmatic focus is accordingly structured in three main fields of activity, each of which represents different aspects of ISID: Creating shared prosperity, advancing economic competitiveness and safeguarding the environment.

Programmes for economic competitiveness
Programmes for environmental sustainability