National Cleaner Production Programme (NCPP)

Bosnia and Herzegovina


 Implementing Agency

The United Nations Industrial Development Agency (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. The organization’s programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities, each of which represents different aspects of ISID:

  • Creating shared prosperity
  • Advancing economic competitiveness
  • Safeguarding the environment

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.

UNIDO’s role in the SDGs

As a specialized agency of the UN that promotes inclusive and sustainable industrial development, UNIDO is determined to take its part in facilitating the successful implementation of the SDGs around the world. The concept of ISID is included in the Sustainable Development Goals, namely Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.


Since the mid-1990s, UNIDO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have collaborated to foster the global uptake of resource efficient and cleaner production. Under the joint flagship Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) programme, UNIDO and UNEP have responded to countries’ growing demand for help with delivering RECP services to industries by assisting organizations – especially small and medium-sized enterprises, governments, civil society research institutions and related stakeholders — in over 60 developing and transition economies. Together with partner governments and an initial core of RECP service providers, in 2010 UNIDO and UNEP established a global network – RECPnet. Since then, the global network has grown from 41 founding members to over 70 members and has sharpened its focus and operations to better meet increasing demand from industry.


RECP entails the continuous application of preventive environmental strategies to processes, products and services in order to increase efficiency and reduce risks to humans and the environment. RECP addresses three sustainability dimensions individually and synergistically.