New Clients and Partners – UNIDO and SIF

10 May, 2018


Both Agencies are working on SDGs Number 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

UNIDO – new partner

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has been accepted as a Partner Organization. UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability; their website is:

As of January 2018, 167 States are Members of UNIDO. They regularly discuss and decide UNIDO’s guiding principles and policies in the sessions of the Policymaking Organs. The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States.

The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.

Accordingly, the organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities:

  • Creating shared prosperity
  • Advancing economic competitiveness
  • Safeguarding the environment
  • Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation.

In carrying out the core requirements of its mission, UNIDO has considerably increased its technical services over the past ten years. At the same time, it has also substantially increased its mobilization of financial resources, testifying to the growing international recognition of the Organization as an effective provider of catalytic industrial development services.

SIF – new user

The Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF) has been accepted by UNICC as a User Organization; their website is:
Infrastructure means facilities and systems for cities and country

Infrastructure in this case means roads, bridges, water supply, tunnels, sewers, electrical grids, telecommunications and other urban and national systems. SDGs #9 is all about infrastructure.

SIF is a not-for-profit Swiss foundation headquartered in Geneva, coordinating the provision of the SOURCE, an advanced project preparation and project management solution. SOURCE is a global learning platform that is changing the way infrastructure is developed in today’s digital age. It provides support to national and subnational governments and public agencies in improving infrastructure project bankability, quality and delivery, in increasing investment and crowding-in private finance, in strengthening their technical capacities and abilities to manage risks.

SIF is mandated by Multilateral Development Banks, (MDBs). The MDBs are members of SIF’s Advisory Board, to manage the development of SOURCE, provide capacity building to SOURCE users and conduct the adoption of SOURCE by governments, public agencies and international organisations. SOURCE is a joint initiative from Multilateral Development Banks, in response to the G20, to develop sustainable, bankable and investment-ready infrastructure projects by improving project preparation.

SIF will work with UNICC to move and host their SOURCE platform in SharePoint 2013.

SOURCE provides the public sector with an infrastructure project preparation tool, a project selection tool, a project coordination tool, a project financing tool, a project funding tool, a project promotion tool and a project-monitoring tool. Through a standardised template, SOURCE covers the governance, technical, economic, legal, financial, environmental and social dimensions of the project definition. SOURCE encompasses the whole project lifecycle; it is organised in stages, including the preparation, procurement, development and operating phases.

SOURCE is a global learning and collaborative platform; whose organic development relies on the on-going integration of best practices and contributions from the world’s most reputed public and private infrastructure professionals. SOURCE is a secured and flexible online platform, it is available in several languages and adapts to the specific requirements of each government.

SOURCE’s ultimate goal is to foster the development of sustainable projects that contribute to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 agenda globally and strengthen cooperation among global infrastructure stakeholders – multilateral development banks, development-financing institutions, investors, consultancy firms, contractors and lenders.nt services.