The start of a new era!

Artificial Intelligence, robotics and machine-learning, to name a few, are reshaping our world. By using digital technologies, factories are becoming more efficient and less wasteful. Innovation and digital transformation are a source of quality employment and enable vulnerable groups to increase their participation in productive activities. UNIDO facilitates a smooth transformation towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for countries with different levels of economic development, making the 4IR work for all!


Boosting innovation is integral to a country’s performance. Innovation enhances productivity, which results in higher social welfare. Disparity between countries is often a result of different levels of industrial development and the effective use of technologies. Explore how innovation can further sustainable solutions for inclusive and sustainable industrial development!

Big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, smart factory and many more: take part in the online training courses!

UNIDO launched two online training courses on the 4IR!

Read more ISID working papers about the adoption of new technologies!

Find out about firm-level technological capabilities to endorse the Fourth Industrial Revolution in developing countries

Explore how new production technologies shape the global value chains!

How to measure countries’ adoptions of new technologies? Find out!

Read about the impact of new technologies on the labour market!

Understanding the drivers of digital technology adoptions in developing countries: read more!

Discover how to enhance innovation and accelerate industrial development!

Propelling the least developed countries in the digital age: find out more!

The importance of innovation to promote ISID: find out about Science and Technology parks

Discover digital design and simulation in intelligent manufacturing

Find out about the innovation and industrial competitiveness of Moldova

Boosting Innovation! UNIDO’s services to achieve transformative changes

Become familiar with the opportunities and challenges of the 4IR!

Making the Fourth Industrial Revolution work in Africa!

To learn more about innovation ecosystems, watch some webinars on UNIDO’s Knowledge Hub YouTube Channel

Improving the business
environment: read more!

Explore nature-like and convergent technologies as drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Achieving sustainable growth in Cabo Verde through innovation, knowledge production and technology!

Discover the Knowledge Hub, UNIDO’s platform that promotes innovation, investments and business environments!

The Training Academy

The Knowledge Hub


The emergence, deployment and diffusion of new technologies alters the nature of production. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies and countries in transition need to compete in a global marketplace and improve their approach to manufacturing. UNIDO provides services that aim to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs!

Read more about the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the ISID working papers!

Adoption of advanced digital technologies in developing countries? Read about their impact!

A revolution in the making? Find out about challenges and opportunities of production technologies!

Firm-level surveys in Argentina and Brazil: Get to know the implications of adopting digital technologies!

Read about the challenge of digitalization for firms in developing countries

Digitization in manufacturing? Learn about the future perspectives in developing countries!

The industrial transformation of the Basque country: Promoting resource efficiency using digitalization!

Find out about the current engagement of developing countries with new technologies!

UNIDO’s assistance guidelines: find out how SMEs in emerging countries can become more competitive!

Key improvements in manufacturing: how to compete in a global market place!

To learn more about the digitalization of SMEs, watch some webinars on UNIDO’s Knowledge Hub YouTube Channel!

SMEs and digital transformation in Uzbekistan: read more about how to boost an innovation ecosystem!

Opportunities of a fourth industrial revolution in Uzbekistan!

You want to know more about the adoption of new technologies in value chains? Read about blockchains!

How to assess the readiness of a value chain to adopt blockchain? Read more

Find out about the benefits of adopting blockchain technology in Ghana’s cocoa value chain!


New technologies make it difficult to anticipate the future and have major implications for sustainable development. Timely and harmonized standards can play a key role in shaping the digital transformation process, complementing regulations and guaranteeing quality and safety!

Get a glimpse of the regional conference on industrial development that took place in November 2021!

Watch the introduction to second Regional Conference on Industrial Development in Asia Pacific!

Get a glimpse of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and policies in ISID working papers!

What can policymakers learn from Germany’s Industrie 4.0 development strategy?

You say you want a revolution? Further research and policy is still needed!

Discover UNIDO’s work promoting innovation, quality and safety!

Standards and digital transformation: Read about good governance in the digital age

Become familiar with COVID-19 implications and responses on the digital transformation and industrial recovery

Countering the impacts of COVID-19 with international standards: read about the outcomes of the webinar!

UNIDO and quality infrastructure: learn about Conformity Assessment for the new digital age

Find out about rebooting Quality Infrastructure for a sustainable future

Get to know the outcomes of the conference on the role of government, regulations, standards and new technologies!

Read the report from the first regional conference on industrial development!

Read about the adoption of new technologies, but also about the increasing importance of cyber security!

Fourth Industrial Revolution: how latecomers and laggards can catch up

Fourth Industrial Revolution: how latecomers and laggards can catch up

Experts talk about technological change and innovation: watch more!

The future of industrial work: new pathways and policies of structural transformation?

Groningen University’s Gaaitzen de Vries on premature de-industrialization

University of Aalborg’s Padmashree Gehlsampath on promoting the 4IR

University of Tufts‘ Margaret McMillan on the 4IR in Sub-subsaharian Africa


The ITP Network facilitates investment and the use of new technologies in developed, developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Discover ITPOs activities but also other fruitful collaboration with UNIDO that helps adopt technologies of the 4IR!

Watch how the ITP Network promotes the use of state-of-the-art technologies towards ISID.

Get to know NextAge, a robot that improves productivity in manufacturing!

Learn about LabDroid Maholo: a robot designed for biological research and development!

ITPO Shanghai is taking actions towards green industrial digitalization!

Watch how ITPO Shanghai promotes the application of new technologies!

Working together to advance ISID through technology and innovation: watch more!

COMFAR: UNIDO’s feasibility analysis that leads to better projects!

Find out how using the “internet of things” mainstreams geothermal energy production in Africa!

Trainings in automation technologies to help local industries: learn more about the 4IR in Uruguay!

Colombian Foreign Direct Investment: watch more about success cases!

To know more about technology and innovation in Colombia’s automotive industry: watch the history!

Responsible investment and sustainable technologies contribute to economic transformation: learn more about it!

Find out about UNIDO’s work in mobilizing responsible investment and sustainable technologies!

Technology and knowledge-intensive sector: Explore the Colombian automotive Industry

ProMotion at a glance: Colombia’s World-Class Motion Industry

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS): Connecting manufacturers, governments, technologists and investors!

GMIS 2020 at a Glance: Read about the virtual event!

Collaborate to transform the manufacturing sector: Explore the GMIS 2019 event report!

GMIS 2019 at a Glance: Get an overview of the Summit!

GMIS at the General Assembly: Find out about the outcomes!

UNIDO and GMIS in Mexico: Promoting strategic approaches to the 4IR!

Using advanced manufacturing technology for a prosperous future: watch more!

GMIS 2021: Watch DG Li’s announcement

GMIS 2021: announcement

GMIS 2020: announcement

GMIS 2019: Highlights

GMIS 2019: make it forward

Succesful collaboration to adopt new technologies in Africa: read stories!

Using the Internet of Things to Improve Geothermal Energy Production in Africa

UNIDO uses Smart glasses to remotely support testing laboratories in Ghana
Press release

Reducing industrial pollution in the Niger River Basin


Entrepreneurship development and innovation play a key role in achieving economic transformation. Get a glimpse of how UNIDO helps develop skills and empower youth to support the adoption of new technologies.

Watch skills development and virtual reality in Southern Africa!

Promoting entrepreneurship: democratizing the use of new technologies!

Business development and sustainable job creation for youth in Iran’s technology sector: check out the project!

Enabling the digital transformation in Iran: read more about it!

Virtual reality training in Southern Africa


The 4IR is changing the way we live and work with the increased use of artificial intelligence, digitalization and automatization. However, women remain vastly underrepresented in the workforce that invents, develops and disseminates technology. Due to limited access to education and social norms, women often hold routine manufacturing jobs. Conscious of these risks, UNIDO’s programmes aim to harness the opportunities of digital transformation for women’s empowerment.

Learn more about the key role of women in the new digital age!

What if all women had equal access to digital technology and the labor market?

The new digital world requires the full engagement of women and men!

Women executives in building business models: watch the highlights!

Promoting women’s economic empowerment: Initiatives in Europe and Central Asia

What about the gender dimensions in the new digital revolution? Read some of UNIDO’s publications!

Mainstreaming gender in UNIDO’s Cluster Development Programme: read more!

Fostering innovation, gender equality and women empowerment: find out about UNIDO’s work

Explore the gender dimension in the new industrial revolution

Discover the impact of new digital technologies on gender equality in developing countries

UNIDO’s role in harnessing the potential of women in the 4IR: Read the annual overview!

Read some stories about women’s inclusion in the fourth industrial revolution!

How can digital skills nurture social inclusion?

Emerging opportunities for women in the digital age

UNIDO addresses the need for enhanced women’s inclusion in Industry 4.0

You have an interest in digital marketing, project management, social media or e-commerce? Take part in UNIDO’s training!

Digital Business Innovations for Women Entrepreneurs and Managers:
Take part in the training!

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