UNIDO becomes the United Nations 16th specialized agency on 21 June
On 21 June the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) became the sixteenth specialized agency of the United Nations.
Article 25 of UNIDO's new Constitution required that at least 80 countries which had already deposited instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval, notify the Secretary-General of their agreement that the Organization's new Constitution should come int force.
Notifications from Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast and Jamaica were received on 21 June, bringing the total number of notifications to 82.
The entry int force of the Constitution was the culmination of 10 years of planning and negotiating to convert UNIDO from a component part of the United Nations system into an independent specialized agency responsible for promoting industrialization in developing countries. This was the first time that such an event had occurred in the …