Alliance Structure

AIM Global Platform

UNIDO champions the global advancement of AI in industry and manufacturing by establishing a shared platform where international stakeholders converge, aiming to foster dialogue and connectivity between government agencies, private sector companies, technology leaders and major players in AI development, R&D community and civil society, as well as finance institutions.

AIM Global serves as a nexus for both private and public sectors to collaborate, facilitating knowledge exchange, developing best practices in research, nurturing skills, and crafting ethical guidelines for AI deployment in industries. Its primary goal is to eliminate hindrances at diverse stages of AI uptake readiness and technological development, commercialization and application of AI technologies across countries and industries.

Coordination is managed by the Division of Digital Transformation and AI Strategies (DAS), with regional support from UNIDO’s International Center of Excellence for Development of AI for Industry and Manufacturing.


The Division of Digital Transformation and AI Strategies (DAS) shoulders the responsibility of supporting and synchronizing the operational activities of the Alliance. The Secretariat's tasks also encompass technical assistance projects, managing resources and liaising between various stakeholders, making certain that the various functions of the Alliance are executed efficiently and cohesively.

Steering Committee

Advisory entity charged with strategic direction. This body sets the long-term goals, defines roadmaps and ensures that the Alliance's actions align with its mission. The Committee provides supervision over all organizational aspects and harmonizes efforts across different stakeholders, ensuring that the various parts of the Alliance work in concert towards common objectives. The Steering Committee also plays a role in risk management, performance monitoring, and compliance with ethical and legal standards.

Working/Sectoral Groups

Specialized subgroups focused on individual projects and areas of sectoral AI deployment, which form the operational backbone of the Alliance. They ensure a targeted approach, customizing solutions for different industrial sectors and geographic regions. The working groups will build upon UNIDO's global experience and expert pool strengths to create synergies and tangible impact at the national, regional and global levels.

AIM GLOBAL CENTER: AI Centre of Excellence for Industrial Development

UNIDO will inaugurate a pilot International Centre of Excellence for Development of AI in Industry and Manufacturing in Shanghai, China. Established in collaboration with international organizations, academic institutions and industry partners, this Centre is poised to act as a focal point for the exchange of best practices, knowledge and skills in the field of AI. The Centre's agenda includes the implementation of capacity-building programs operating in close alignment with the Global Alliance on AI for Industry and Manufacturing to reinforce the impact of associated technical assistance projects and multi-stakeholder initiatives.

AIM GLOBAL HUBS: Regional AI Hubs for Industry and Manufacturing in Europe, Africa, and Latin America

Following the successful establishment and operation of the pilot AI Center in Shanghai, China, UNIDO will embark on an ambitious expansion to create Regional AI Hubs (AIM Hubs) across Europe, Latin America, and Africa. These hubs are conceived as integral components of a global strategy to promote AI's responsible development and application in industry and manufacturing with a meticulous focus on region-specific development landscape. AIM Hubs will follow the model developed in the pilot Center in Shanghai, serving as catalysts for collaborative research, policy formulation, capacity building and the dissemination of best practices. These efforts aim to enhance the pool of technical expertise available within these regions, empowering them to address regional challenges in AI development and deployment. Ultimately, this will contribute to reducing disparities and bridging digital gaps across nations.

AIM GLOBAL FORUM: Global Forum on AI in Industry

Join us in the world’s most crucial discussion. UNIDO will host an annual "Global AI Forum for Industry" to spotlight AI's role in industrialization, poverty eradication, and climate change combat, aligning with the mission to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNIDO AIM GLOBAL PRINCIPLES: Principles for the Responsible and Reliable Use of AI in Industry and Manufacturing

We, the undersigned, are committed to using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in industry and manufacturing in a responsible and ethical manner. We recognize that AI can both change our industries for the better and create advising risks that need to be managed.  

We adhere to the following principles: 

Transparency and accountability

We ensure that the AI systems we use are transparent, fair, and accountable to stakeholders and the public; We provide clear and accessible information about the objectives, methods, data sources and results of AI systems, as well as allow for feedback and control mechanisms.

Collaborating for Innovation

We foster a culture of innovation and collaboration in AI research and development by encouraging interdisciplinary and cross-industry partnerships and supporting open platforms for sharing knowledge and resources.

Privacy & Security

We adhere to the laws, regulations and standards governing the use of AI in industry and manufacturing while complying with the data protection, privacy, security, quality and ethics regulations governing the industrial sector. We believe that by following these principles, we can harness the power of AI for good and create a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive future for all.


We respect human dignity, rights, and diversity in all AI applications and processes, ensuring that AI systems are inclusive and do not discriminate, harm, or exploit any group of people based on their characteristics, respecting the diversity of views and values in the AI community.

Reliability and sustainability

We are committed to minimizing the negative impact of AI systems on the environment, society, and human well-being by implementing AI systems that reduce energy consumption, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions, and promote social justice and human development.


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