Editorial The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mark a radical change in the way the world addresses the many serious development challenges it faces. It is clear that we will only be able to find effective long-term solutions to ending poverty, inequality and environmental disruption if all nations, regardless of their income level, work together to implement the SDGs in an integrated manner. We at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) believe that the path to sustainable development is through inclusive and sustainable industrialization. We know from economic history, policy, and practice that industrialization is the indispensable ingredient of sustained growth, with long-lasting and widely-shared social benefits. Virtually no country in the history of the world has been able to move from a low-income status to a high level of economic and social development without building a strong industrial sector. Our efforts will have the greatest impact on SDG 9, which focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and fostering innovation, but are also very relevant to many other SDGs. In this, the 50th anniversary year of UNIDO’s creation, our work is more essential than ever. The anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and together chart a new path for a sustainable future. Over the last 50 years, UNIDO has supported its member states in creating opportunities for and improving the lives of millions of people, including women and young people. Looking forward, we feel confident, knowing that UNIDO has a proven track record and a global reputation as a robust and pertinent organization that offers a range of analytical, normative, convening and technical cooperation services, as well as industrial policy advice. Today, we have a clear mandate and a direct responsibility for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through inclusive and sustainable industrialization. I am confident that together – with the continued support of our member states, donors, partners and stakeholders – we will realize our dream of a sustainable future.
Li Yong – Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization