The fourth ISID forum took place as part of the 16th session of the UNIDO General Conference, from 30 November to 1 December in Vienna. The Forum discussed how UNIDO can contribute to advancing industry, infrastructure and innovation in the context of Sustainable Development Goal 9, "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation".
How can UNIDO contribute to advancing industry, infrastructure and innovation?
Investments in infrastructure are key to achieving sustainable development. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes require investment in infrastructure. Inclusive and sustainable industrial development on the other hand is the primary source of income generation. It allows for rapid and sustained increases in living standards for all people, and provides technological solutions to environmental challenges. Without infrastructure, technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen.
UNIDO's traditional services to Member States have focused on capacity-building and technology transfer, since the organization does not have the financial capacity to support infrastructure investments. As part of the new partnership approach, UNIDO partners with various financial institutions to mobilize the large-scale financing needed for infrastructure development related to industrial activities. As such, UNIDO can make a stronger contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
The first day consisted of a high-level panel discussion focusing on the potential of multi-stakeholder partnerships for creating linkages and synergies between investment in infrastructure, industrial development and innovation.
The second day presented the early achievements of the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) in Ethiopia and Senegal. It also announced the expansion of the PCP to Peru which aims to support the implementation of the Government’s National Plan for Productive Diversification.
The Fourth ISID Forum of UNIDO was held from Monday, 30 November 2015 to Tuesday 1 December 2015, at the Vienna International Centre (Wagramer Strasse 5, Vienna, Austria), M building, first floor, plenary hall.
Participation in the fourth ISID Forum consisted primarily of government delegations participating in the UNIDO Least Developed Countries Ministerial Conference, the UNIDO General Conference, and the UNIDO Donor Meeting. The Forum invited a limited number of speakers and panellists, including from PCP pilot countries.