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Enhanced international cooperation is central to achieving a transition to a green economy and green industry. UNIDO works with others through global joint action and following are a few examples.

Launch of the Green Industry Platform at Rio+20, Brazil, 16 June 2012
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Green Industry Platform in the context of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Tokyo Green Industry Conference 2011, Japan, 16-18 November 2011
The Tokyo Green Industry Conference highlighted available environmental/resource conservation techniques and practices, which are good for business and the environment, as well as for employees, communities and consumers.

The Conference allowed for discussions on policy and business solutions to achieve a widespread uptake of proven techniques and technologies, as well as to enable innovation to deliver longer term solutions towards even greater reductions in resource use and pollution intensity.

The Conference also provided an opportunity to match environmental technology needs with international supply of best available techniques and best environmental practices.

The Tokyo Green Industry Conference was co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MET).

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Vienna Energy Conference 2011, Vienna, Austria, 20-22 June 2011
Energy for All – Time for Action

The Conference facilitated an international dialogue on providing universal energy access and on the multiple co-benefits of increasing energy efficiency. Heads of state, policy-makers, experts, civil society and the private sector discussed how to overcome energy poverty and how to move from declarations of intention to tangible action on the ground.

The discussion served to propose an international architecture on how to ensure universal energy access and reduce energy intensities. It helped map the related work of key stakeholders and define their roles and responsibilities. Based on this mapping, the development of an action-oriented roadmap will be initiated. The event coincided with the launching of the Global Energy Assessment.

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The Global Renewable Energy Forum (GREF),
Leon, Mexico, 7-10 October 2009
Scaling up renewable energy
The Global Renewable Energy Forum (GREF) is an annual event, a global forum, aiming at scaling up renewable energy primarily in Latin America, but also elsewhere.

The global forum allows for proactive dialogue to strengthen inter-regional cooperation and encourage multi-stakeholder partnerships and it is an opportunity for highlighting the leadership required to promote renewable energy.

Clean renewable energy is what the world needs to fuel a new, green, industrial revolution - one that fights poverty, sustains development, promotes economic growth and combats climate change, thus it is an important component on the path towards green industry.

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International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, Manila, Philippines, 9-11 September 2009
Managing the transition to resource-efficient and low carbon industries

The International Conference on Green Industry in Asia served as a platform to discuss the opportunities generated and challenges posed by a move towards resource efficient industries and sustainable production and consumption patterns.

The conference adopted the Manila Declaration on Green Industry in Asia, which contains a Framework of Action.

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Vienna Energy Conference 2009, Vienna, Austria, 22-24 June 2009
Towards an integrated energy agenda beyond 2020: securing sustainable policies and investments
Ways to secure sustainable policies and investments to allow a shift towards a low-carbon “green economy” driven by “green industry” was the focus of the Vienna Energy Conference 2009. The conference provided a platform to discuss energy issues in the context of the current global financial and economic crisis. It further stressed the need for increased international cooperation and highlighted the role the United Nations system and the development partners play in the field of energy.

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Global Renewable Energy Forum, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 18-21 May 2008


The GREF Brazil forum focused on strengthening inter-regional bonds and to set up joint actions between countries and regions that aim at reducing poverty and enhancing energy security through the use of renewable energy sources. Following the conference, UNIDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two major Brazilian energy companies - Itaipú Binacional and Centras Elétricas Brasileiras S.A (Electrobás), to foster use of renewable energy sources and efficient energy technologies in the area, in order to reduce poverty, increase economic growth and raise energy security.

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Senegal Energy Conference, Dakar, Senegal, 16-18 April 2008
Making Renewable Energy markets for Africa, Policies, Industries and Finance for Scaling-Up.
The conference created a foundation for a common strategy for market-based scaling up of renewable energies in Africa. The major objectives of the conference were to assess the potential of renewable energy in addressing Africa's energy challenges, identify policy and regulatory options and new policy actions to stimulate broader and accelerated market-based dissemination of renewable energy, and identify capacity needs for renewable energy market enablers and players. Additionally, UNIDO developed the West Africa Programme on Renewable Energy, supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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