UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
UNIDO was set up in 1966 and became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1985. As part of the United Nations common system, UNIDO has the responsibility for promoting industrialization throughout the developing world, in cooperation with its 172 Member States. Its technical cooperation programs for developing countries are focused on three main thematic areas:
- Poverty reduction through productive activities;
- Energy and Environment;
- Trade capacity building.
The Philippines is one of the founding members of UNIDO as a specialized agency in 1985, and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Amb. Domingo L. Siazon Jr. served as UNIDO's very first Director General from 1985-1992.