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Green Industry Conference Day 1

  • Official Opening and Setting the Stage
  • High-Level Plenary: Regional Perspectives on Green Industry Policy
  • Plenary: Resource Management and Circular Economy
  • Parallel Session A: Greening SMEs and Jobs
  • Parallel Session B: Waste Management
  • Parallel Session C: Eco-Industrial Parks for Green Industry
  • Cocktail Reception: 50 Years of Thailand - UNIDO Cooperation
  • Official Opening

    Opening of the 5th Green Industry Conference organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and hosted by the Ministry of Industry, Thailand. 

    Welcome 

    Welcoming of all participants to Thailand and the conference; overview of the two-day programme.

    Ms. TAŞ Nilgün

    Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Chief for the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Nilgün Taş is the Deputy Director of the Department of Environment and Chief for the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division at UNIDO. She also leads UNIDO’s cross-departmental team for Circular Economy. As a private sector development specialist with over 34 years of experience, Nilgün held various positions as Chief for Competitiveness, Business ... Read More

    Introductory Remarks 

    Preface and context of the conference’s events delivered by the host country and organizing partners.

    Mr. Uttama Savanayana (Ph.D.) Current responsibilities: Minister of Industry Relevant previous functions: Academician, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Vice Minister, Prime Minister’s Office Educational Background Ph.D., Management 1990 School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, U.S.A. M.B.A.,Finance International B... Read More

    LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

    Mr. Hongjoo Hahm (Republic of Korea) is the Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). He currently serves as the Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP for Programmes, Economics and Financing. Formerly, Mr. Hahm was the Senior Advisor to the Water Global Practice Group at the World Bank... Read More

    Keynote Presentation 

    A thought leader in the area of sustainable industrial development will set the scene for the conference’s proceedings over the next two days. 

    Prof Linda Godfrey is a Principal Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Associate Professor at Northwest University in South Africa, and holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. With over 20-years of sector experience, she currently heads up the Waste Research Development and Innovation (... Read More

    Marking 50 Years of Thailand-UNIDO Cooperation  

    Exchange of Joint Communique to Mark 50 Years of Thailand-UNIDO Cooperation

    Mr. Uttama Savanayana (Ph.D.) Current responsibilities: Minister of Industry Relevant previous functions: Academician, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Vice Minister, Prime Minister’s Office Educational Background Ph.D., Management 1990 School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, U.S.A. M.B.A.,Finance International B... Read More

    LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

    Signing of a Joint Declaration between UNIDO and the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)

    LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

    Supant Mongkolsuthree is Chairman of The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). He is also the Chairman of Synnex (Thailand) PCL, the company he founded in 1988. Under Mr. Supant’s leadership, Synnex has been recognized as one of the biggest IT distributors adhering strictly to his business code of conduct which incorporates honesty, impartiality, i... Read More

    Presentation

  • High-Level Plenary: Regional Perspectives on Green Industry Policy

    Representatives of national governments around the world present the status of green industrial development in their countries and describe the possible ways forward, as well as major impediments, to the realization of truly green industries.

    Speeches and Presentations

    Ministers of Industry, Natural Resources and Environment outline key points relevant to the development of green industries in the national context, with focus on opportunities and challenges.

    Panel Discussion

    Facilitated discussion with the participants, including a questions and answers session with the audience.

    Moderator

    H.E. Mr. SAICHEUA Songsak

    Former Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Vienna
    Government of Thailand

    As former ambassador to Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia and concurrently Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Vienna. Prior to Vienna, he  served as the Director-General of the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs (2013 – 2017) after postings in Brussels, Washington ... Read More

    Speakers

    Mr. Erik Grigoryan, 39 years old. Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia, National Focal Point of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Working Experience: More than 10 years of professional experience in RA Government. More than 10 years of expertise in the field of nature protection and environmental economics with severa... Read More

    H.E. Alhaj Amir Hossain Amu, born on 1st January 1940 in a noble Muslim family, is one of the most influential political figures of the current ruling political party in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Awami League.  After completing his graduation from University of Dhaka, he started his career as a lawyer, but he has been very active in politics sinc... Read More

    Minister of Industry since March 2016 under President U Htin Kyaw's cabinet. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Yangon Institute of Technology and was prior to his role as an Executive Director for Super Seven Stars Motor Industry Co. Ltd., Deputy Director of the , Myanma Industrial Planning Directorate. ... Read More

    H.E. Ms. VORACHIT Bounkham

    Vice- Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
    Government of Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Ms. Bounkham Vorachit, is the current Vice- Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Laos. She comes from a background in Agriculture Resources and Environmental Management (MA) and Pharmacy (BSc). Her strong expertise stems from holding various leadership positions within Environment related entities such as the WREA, STEA ... Read More

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    H.E. Mr. SHKRELI Artan

    Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy
    Governmant of Albania

    Mr. Artan Shkreli was born on March 8, 1964 in Tirana. He has completed his studies at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Architecture. In 1991 he specializes in Italy as “Progettista assistito da CAD” and is employed as an architect in Bologna, Italy. During 1995-1996 he has completed a specialization at "Cup... Read More

    • H.E. Mr. Phork Sovanarith, Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, Cambodia

    Suggested topics/questions:

    • Which national policies and sectoral plans enable countries to create conducive conditions to transform existing industries and promote new green industries?
    • Which policies have helped reduce resource use, while creating new business opportunities?
    • What has been the role of public-private partnerships in green industry development?
  • Plenary session: Resource Management and Circular Economy 

    This plenary session will demonstrate how state-of-the-art circular economy solutions can improve resource management and the overall economic efficiency in the manufacturing sector. 

    Panel Discussion

    The session will feature a facilitated discussion between international experts that will share perspectives on the fundamental role of resource management and circular economy in industry; global trends and movement on making circular economy the “business as usual approach”; and measures to promote implementation of circular economy principles and practices on the ground, particularly in developing countries  

    Moderator

    Dr. FOTIOU Stefanos

    Director, Environment and Development Division
    United Nations ESCAP

    Stefanos Fotiou is an accomplished and well renowned expert on environment and sustainable development and currently serving as the Director or the Environment and Development Division in the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific. In this capacity Stefanos is responsible for the planning and implementation of the UN ESCAP work on natur... Read More

    Speakers

    In his role as Circle Economy’s CEO, Harald brings extensive international experience running both for-profit and non-profit businesses with a focus on scaling impact. Before joining Circle Economy in 2017, Harald spent 5 years in Myanmar, during which he co-founded Impact Hub Myanmar, headed the market development for the world market leader of el... Read More

    Zhu Bing

    Director and professor of the Institute for Circular Economy
    Tsinghua University

    Dr. Zhu is director and professor of the Institute for Circular Economy at Tsinghua University, China, and a guest research scholar of Energy Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. Prof. Zhu graduated from Tsinghua University with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) in 199... Read More

    Dr. BOONYACHUT Nan

    Deputy Director General, Office of Industrial Economics, Ministry of Industry
    Government of Thailand

    Nan Boonyachut is a Metallurgical Engineer at the Recycling Industry Innovation Group, which is responsible for studying, analyzing, researching and developing recycling innovations and technologies in order to promote resource recovery from waste to become raw materials in manufacturing. The group also provides information, advice, consultancy, an... Read More

    Ms. DHEWANTHI Laksmi

    Senior Advisor on Industry and International Trade
    Government of Indonesia

    Ms. Laksmi Dhewanthi is a government official with at least 26 years of experience in the field of environment and sustainable development. She is currently working in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia as Senior Advisor on Industry and International Trade. Prior to her current position, she has been assigned for... Read More

    Mr. LIMPRASERT Numpol

    Sustainable Development Director
    The Siam Cement PLC

    A career that has been cornered in how to develop sustainable practices in  issues related to energy, production, along with an cutting edge expertise in the cement industry, has elevated Mr. Limprasert to become one of the leading figures around sustainable production practices in the Thai cement industry. Apart from his role as a Sustain... Read More

    Mr. Stephan Sicars was a Senior Programme Officer with the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer for ten years. His main responsibilities were to discuss project and programme assessment, development of funding rules and policies, as well as funding levels with the implementing ... Read More

    Ms Maria Chiara Femiano is a Programme Manager in the Foreign Policy Instruments-Asia/Pacific Regional Team based at the European Union Delegation to Thailand. She is in charge of projects supporting the external dimension of key EU policies, particularly in the environmental sector, to foster partnerships in the region. Ms Femiano joined the E... Read More

    Suggested topics/questions

    • What are some of the circular solutions implemented by businesses?
    • Which opportunities do circular solutions offer?
    • What is needed to promote the implementation of circular solutions?

    Presentations

  • Parallel Session A: Greening SMEs and Jobs 

    This session will discuss how to remove barriers to the greening of SMEs and discuss how to help SMEs leverage investments that result in efficiency gains, market access, new green jobs, and increased revenue, based on short payback periods. 

    Moderator

    Dejene Tezera has a M. Sc. in Biotechnology and Agro-Food process technology from Wageningen University, Netherlands. He worked as researcher in the Agro-Technology Research Institute, a team leader of agro-industry program, Chief Technical Advisor for UNIDO and FAO program. Presently he works as Director of Department of Agri-Business of UNIDO and... Read More

    Speakers

    Mr. Zhang has a wide-ranging background in large scale infrastructure and mining development from China and has organized and participated in several projects, such as the Road Map Study of Sino European Assembly Building Technology Transfer Mechanism, and established the Syspro China High Quality Precast Building Enterprises Committee. In addition... Read More

    Mr. Vedmiediev is the CEO of a Ukrainian company DBK Fundament Ltd, that is focused on managing manufacturing, construction and site development, and produces concrete and precast and building apartments in Kyiv, Ukraine. His company has under the EU funded EaP Green project implemented several Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production measures... Read More

    SAPPHIRA Anya

    Sustainability Manager
    H&M

    Anya Sapphira is the Sustainability Manager of H&M Production Office Indonesia, a Fashion retail company with headquarter in Stockholm, Sweden. H&M’s business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. She leads all company’s sustainability strategy and implementation in Indonesia, including social and envi... Read More

    Dr. MARTINEZ Cristina

    Senior Specialist Environment and Decent Work
    International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Dr Cristina Martinez is a Senior Specialist Environment and Decent Work at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Cristina works at the ILO office in Bangkok and she is also part of the ILO Global Team on Green Jobs and the Green Initiative. Previously Cristina has worked at the following organizations: (i) Asian Development Bank (ADB) a... Read More

    Mr. HUNG Nguyen Ba

    Trade Specialist, Southeast Asia Department
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Mr. Hung is a Trade Specialist based in the ADB Thailand Resident Mission in Bangkok. He currently coordinates the ADB’s administration of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund and related infrastructure financing initiatives including public-private partnership and green finance, as well as ADB assistance in areas of trade and trade facilitation in severa... Read More

    Suggested topics/questions

    • Which successful results have SMEs achieved in reducing resource use and increasing productivity? 
    • What are the lessons learned in greening supply chains? 
    • Which barriers need to be removed for further greening SMEs and promoting new green SMEs? 
    • What is the link between the greening of SMEs and the creation of green jobs, and do the two require similar or different policies?
    • What role can civil society, communities, workers, employers, and governments play in stimulating the creation of green jobs? 

    Presentations

  • Parallel Session B: Waste management

    Plastic waste and waste electronic and electrical equipment are issues which disproportionately affect developing and transition economies. This session will focus on presenting solutions for the economically-sound management of waste and the generation of employment through the development of collection and processing industries. 

    Moderator

    Mr. TYRKKO Klaus

    Division Chief for Stockholm Convention Unit of the Environment Department
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Klaus Tyrkkö is the Division Chief for Stockholm Convention Unit of the Environment Department of United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO. The unit has 10 staff and implements a technical assistance program in some 50 countries with the annual turnover of US$ 15 million. Mr. Tyrkkö’s expertise is particularly strong in recy... Read More

    Speakers

    Professional and political career: 9 years as a teacher of German and Physical Education at a general education high school; 2 years as Senior Policy Officer for public relations, then 6 years as Press Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg; directly elected Member of the German Bundestag representin... Read More

    Dr. Otmar Deubzer graduated as environmental engineer from TU Berlin, and has a degree in medicine as well as a PhD in environmental engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands. Since 2008 Otmar has been affiliated to the United Nations University SCYCLE. He has been working on e-waste-related topics like standards for collection and treat... Read More

    Mr. PAREJA Ferdinand Juanico

    Acting Department Head of Waste Management Office
    General Santos City

    A wide-ranging background in administrating public waste management, has given Mr. Pareja a unique insight in how implement and execute programs related to Solid Waste Management and  Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in urban frameworks. As a project manager, Mr. Pareja has been working to reduce  Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) ... Read More

    Moussa Dia is the managing director of Société Dia Plastique (SODIAPLAST), a sub-regional company (Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone) specializing in the collection and recycling of plastic waste, intermediate and finished products. Deriving from a shepherd family, where a large part of the livestock was decimated by the plastics swall... Read More

    Ms. JOAS Anke

    Senior Advisor Environment and Health
    Independent

    Anke Joas is educated as a medical doctor and has been providing consultancy services in the areas of environment and health policies since 1999. She has been director at BiPRO for almost 20 years. Since July 2017 Anke is working as Senior Advisor for UNIDO. Anke has a broad working expertise. She is international expert in chemicals, waste a... Read More

    Suggested topics/questions

    • What are some of the good practices in processing plastics and e-waste? 
    • How are the current trends in waste trade, particularly of plastics and e-waste impacting on new business opportunities and challenges that SMEs and countries face? 
    • Which strategies and technologies are available for sustainable recycling of plastics and e-waste? 

    Presentatoins

  • Parallel Session C: Eco-Industrial Parks for Green Industry

    In developing and transition economies, where most of global industrial production is concentrated, the number of industrial parks being transformed to eco-industrial parks and new ones under development is steadily increasing. This session will look at the emerging global framework for the development of eco-industrial parks that increase efficiencies and symbioses, while reducing waste and the use of toxic materials in industrial production. 

    Moderator

    Mr. ALHILALI Smail

    Chief of the Emerging Compliance Regimes Division of the Department of Environment
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Mr. Smail Al Hilali is currently the chief of the Emerging Compliance Regimes Division within the Department of Environment of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria. Since 2007, he has been responsible of the implementation of resource efficient and cleaner production related projects in developing co... Read More

    Speakers

    Dr. ERKMAN Suren

    Head of Industrial Ecology Research Group
    University of Lausanne

    Prof. Suren ERKMAN has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Biology from the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Technology of Troyes (France). Since the early 1990s, he has been contributing to the emerging field of industrial ecology. His main areas of expertise are Industrial Sym... Read More

    Mr. JAIN Bharat P

    Member Secretary, Gujarat Cleaner Production Center
    RECPnet

    A graduate in Civil Engineering with post-graduate and doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering and Business Management, Bharat P Jain has over 40 years of experience in the planning, design and execution of water supply, drainage, sewage and effluent treatment plants, and industrial estates, as well as in hazardous waste management. Bhara... Read More

    Mr Carlos Toro is an environmental engineer Senior technical advisor/manager with over 13 years of experience in projects related with Life Cycle Assessment, cleaner production, Water and Carbon Footprint. Currently, Mr. Toro is Managing a 4 year (2016 – 2020) Project funded by SDC (Swiss Development Cooperation Agency) on SuizAgua Colombia Phase 3... Read More

    Mr. RAPHULU Ndivhuho

    Director, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa
    RECPnet

    Ndivhuho Raphulu directs the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), the RECP Programme of the Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa. Prior to joining NCPC-SA he was the Senior Sustainability Advisor at the national power utility, Eskom. Holding a degree in Environmental Science and Development Studies, Nd... Read More

    Raghu Babu Nukala is an engineer-planner by education having over 30 years of work experience. He has extensive experience in the areas of International Development Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development including Eco industrial parks, Green industrial parks, Planning and designing of new industrial parks and investment zones, Retrofitt... Read More

    • Mr. Ngakan Timun Antara, Head, Agency for Research and Development, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia
    • Mr. Chaiyod Bunyagidj, Advisor to the CEO, United Analyst and Engineering Consultant

    Suggested topics/questions

    • What are the characteristics of an eco-industrial park?
    • What are some success stories from eco-industrial parks and what factors contributed to their success?
    • What is the role of public-private partnerships in developing eco-industrial parks?

    Presentations

  • Cocktail Reception: 50 Years of Thailand-UNIDO Cooperation Hosted by the Ministry of Industry, Thailand

    Cocktail reception hosted by the Ministry of Industry, Thailand on the occasion of 50 years of Thailand-UNIDO cooperation takes place at the Conference Center for all conference participants.  

    Congratulatory remarks to be delivered by:

    • H.E. Ms. Eva Hager, Ambassador of Austria to Thailand

    HARNHIRUN Somchai

    Deputy Minister of Industry
    Government of Thailand

    Mr. Somchai Harnhirun (Ph.D.) Current responsibilities: Deputy Minister of Industry Relevant previous functions: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry; Director-General, Department of Industrial Promotion;  Director- General, Office of Industrial Economics, Ministry of Industry Educational Background B.A. (Economics), Thammas... Read More

    LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

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