BRUSSELS, 15 May 2019 – The United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO) launched its 2019 Yearbook on Industrial Statistics today at the UN House in Brussels. High quality data is essential to measure and monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and UNIDO plays a pivotal role in data collection, coordination, reporting and validation of statistics for the SDGs, and especially for SDG9.
“Because of the universality of the SDGs, multi-stakeholder partnerships are very important, especially for EU Countries that have to report on their progress”, said UNIDO Representative to the European Union and the ACP Group Patrick Gilabert in his introductory speech, during which he also highlighted UNIDO’s mandate and its role in achieving the SDGs.
“Statistics and data collection are essential for the achievement of the SDGs, especially because they are the basis for the monitoring and evaluation process”, said UNIDO Chief Statistician Shyam Upadhyaya during a briefing on ‘Global slowdown of manufacturing and challenges for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID)’. Upadhyaya also presented UNIDO’s global mandate on industrialization and monitoring activities; he further showcased recent trends of global manufacturing growth with a comparative approach and emphasized SDGs indicators under UNIDO’s responsibility as well as challenges lying ahead.
The launch of the 2019 International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics welcomed a number of high level experts from the European Commission and the private sector interested in industries and manufacturing. The Yearbook of Industrial Statistics is a flagship publication of UNIDO that provides economists, planners, policymakers and business people with worldwide statistics on current level, structure and trends in the manufacturing sector.
For more information, please contact:
Department of Policy Research and Statistics, UNIDO
Patrick Jean Gilabert
UNIDO Representative to the European Union Institutions and Secretariat of ACP Group of States