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A Global UNIDO Network of University Chairs on Innovation. 15 October 2009 Evert Kok. UNIDO - Key Facts…. UNIDO - Key Facts…. UN Specialized Agency since 1986 Lead role within UN system on industrial development

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unido key facts

UNIDO - Key Facts…

UNIDO - Key Facts…
  • UN Specialized Agency since 1986
  • Lead role within UN system on industrial development
  • Constitutional mandate to promote sustainable industrial development in developing countries and countries in transition
  • Focus on technical cooperation: policy advice, institutional capacity-building and business development services

UNIDO - Key Figures (2007)

  • Member states : 172
  • Countries with UNIDO presence : 78
  • Staff on board (non-project) : 654
  • Annual Budget : € 356 million
  • Project expert appointments : 2,800(per year, about half from developing countries)
headquarters in vienna
Headquarters in Vienna

30 Field Offices plus

13 units in UNDP


Liaison offices in

New York, Geneva


Some 50



19 Investment and


Promotion Offices

34 National Cleaner

Production Centres/


9 Industrial







is not


is not


one of the d eterminants of success of innovations
One of the determinants of success of innovations

Intervention + Context = Impact

E. Arnold, fm Pawson & Tilley

  • By 2013, a UNIDO Global University Innovation Network connects 300 Universities.
  • Each Member State has obtained significant capacity to raise Industrial Innovators.
  • Effective Industry – University cooperation in Innovation that brings commercial benefits.
essential elements
Essential Elements
  • University Chairs on Innovation
    • Professors from Industry (funding external to UNIDO)
    • Actual Innovation projects with Industry
  • UNIDO Consultative Committee on Innovation (Systems) Strategies
    • Annual publication on strategies that actually work
  • National Programmes for Human Resource Development for Innovation
    • PHD, Masters, Vocational
    • Curriculum re-building
    • Secondary education programmes on creativity and co-operation
  • University Alumni and Professional Associations outreach programme
    • Amongst others, connect with TNCs’ board rooms
  • South-south cooperation
pilot phase africa europe
Pilot phase: Africa - Europe
  • Expert Group Meeting April 2007
  • Technical Meeting August 2007
what does unido bring to the unchain project apart from role in wp 9
What does UNIDO bring to the UNCHAIN project ? (apart from role in WP 9)
  • Information and Intelligence on upcoming developments
  • in the UN (UN cluster on S&T – for Africa-, contact with UNECA)
  • in the non UN intergovernmental bodies (AUC etc.)
  • Contacts and opportunities on cooperation (WIPO, Brazil etc.)
  • Contribute to find funding to achieve financial stability
  • Etc.

CAMI – 18th Ordinary Session, 24-28 October 2008, Durban

  • The Adoption of the Strategy for the Implementation of the Plan of Action for the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa
  • 7 Programme Clusters (21 immediate projects)
  • 4 Immediate projects under cluster 5, one of which is:
  • “Establishment of university chairs on innovation
  • in African universities”

UN RCM – Africa Regional Consultation Mechanism

  • 40+ Agencies (AfDB, IMF, World Bank, etc.)
  • May 2003 : Establishment of the UN Science and Technology Cluster (at the 5th RC)
  • UNESCO as Convener, UNECA as Vice Convener
  • 04 September 2009 4th meeting of UN S&T cluster in Geneva
  • Two of the 4 recommendations earmarked for 2010:
  • Cooperation between UNIDO and UNESCO and others on STIP Reviews (Science,Technology and Innovation Policy) (UNESCO has received over 20 official governmental requests for Africa)
  • An Innovation Endowment Fund

UNECA – Economic Commission for Africa

  • African Science to Business Challenge (ASBC)
  • African Science Philanthropy Initiative (ASPI)
  • Science Commons & Africa Innovation Platform, hosted by ECA
  • “2nd Science with Africa” Conference, Q1, 2010

WIPO- World Intellectual Property Organization

  • Curricula development
  • Audit Tools
  • Manuals such as on patent drafting
  • Etc.

Cooperation with the Brazilian Government.

  • Through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency
  • Our network contact: Prof. Carlos N. Vieira from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Guidelines for TCDC
  • Apply to the Brazilian Embassy in your country (to fill out a project brief)
  • A technical assessment mission from Brazil will come over (in case it is interesting to jointly formulate a final project proposal, Carlos was part of a mission to South Africa
thank you for your attention

Thank you for your attention

Evert Kok

Technology Promotion Unit

Investment and Technology Promotion Branch