Monday, 16 September 2013

International training course on the green economy in Israel

VIENNA, 16 September 2013 - Thirty public officials, environmentalists and policymakers from 19 developing countries took part in a professional development course, "Green Economy – Policy Measures and Implementation of Green Growth", at the Weitz Centre for Development Studies in Rehovot, Israel, in August 2013. 

The course was conceived and implemented as a result of a unique partnership between Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), the Weitz Centre, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank Institute. 

Participants received an overview of the concept of green economy, with a focus on policies and the actual implementation of a green economy, green growth, and sustainable consumption and production. 

UNIDO experts contributed sessions on green industry and resource efficient and cleaner production, illustrated by case studies from the organization’s technical cooperation projects, including examples of the uses of clean technologies.    

The Weitz Centre, which is a non-governmental, non-profit organization and a MASHAV professional affiliate, is a pioneer in the field of Integrated Regional Development, and is renowned for its holistic ‘Rehovot Approach’ to regional development planning and local economic development. The Centre joined the UNIDO-UNEP Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production network (RECPnet) as an observer in July 2013 and participated in the second Members’ Assembly at the Global Network Conference for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in developing and transition countries, held in Montreux, Switzerland, in September 2013.

For more information, please contact: 

Heinz Leuenberger

Director, Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO
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Ilan Fluss

Director, Policy Planning and External Relations, MASHAV

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Adi Dishon

Managing Director
, Weitz Center for Development Studies

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