The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by contributing to poverty reduction, inclusive globalization, and environmental sustainability through industrial development. Established in 1966, UNIDO contributes to the achievement of all 17 SDGs, with a primary focus on SDG 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. UNIDO strives for poverty eradication through Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in developing countries.

Based on the motto of ‘Progress by Innovation’, UNIDO envisions a world without poverty and hunger, where industry drives low-emission economies, improves living standards, and preserves the livable environment for present and future generations, leaving no one behind. To realize this vision, UNIDO supports its 172 member states with technical cooperation, action-oriented research and policy advisory services, and fostering partnerships for knowledge and technology transfer.

In addition, UNIDO strengthens its global network by operating regional offices and Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) in major regional hubs, contributing to sustainable development through industrialization and technological innovation.

UNIDO Worldwide


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  • · Field Office 30
  • · Regional Hub 19
  • · HQ/ Laison Office 4
  • · ITPO 10
  • · Project Office 2
  • · Others 2



UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO ITPO) facilitates investment and technology transfer between developed and developing countries to address development imbalances among nations.
With 10 ITPOs operating in 8 countries worldwide, these offices perform the following three key functions to connect global investment and technology among stakeholders:

- Providing opportunities for investors and technology suppliers
- Identifying potential partners for businesses in developed and developing countries
- Offering specialized consulting services to entrepreneurs and business institutions

In 1985, the Republic of Korea became a member of UNIDO, and in response to the request from the Korean government, UNIDO ITPO Korea was established in Seoul in 1987. At that time, ITPO Korea was established to support the overseas expansion of domestic companies by sharing South Korea's economic development experience and knowledge. Since Korea joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 2009, ITPO Korea has supported poverty reduction and sustainable industrial development in developing countries through UNIDO's global network of regional offices. ITPO Korea implements various programs to facilitate investment and technology transfer from Korean companies to developing countries, including:

- Providing up-to-date information for promoting investment and technology transfer in developing countries, including legal, economic, and political status and regulations regarding investment, and information on promising investment projects.
- Connecting potential domestic investors with delegations from developing countries through the Delegate Programme.
- Evaluating the efficiency and feasibility of promising investment projects within developing countries.
- Exploring industrial cooperation projects with developing countries utilizing South Korean government's Official Development Assistance (ODA).