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Accelerating climate impact for Member States through inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID)

  • General Information
  • Background
  • Key objectives
  • Expected outcomes
  • When: 3 December 2021 at 8:20 9:20 a.m. (CET)

    Where: The event will be hosted on Zoom and will be accessible to all interested participants via a dedicated link. Participants registered for the Conference will receive a direct link. Those not registered to the General Conference who wish to participate in this event are requested to click here.

    Target participants: The session will be public, and the expected audience includes all UNIDO General Conference participants.

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  • The findings of the IPPC 6th Assessment Report are unequivocally urgent and stark: a fundamental transformation of the global economy is required towards eco-friendly, resource-conserving and climate- neutral development if we are to remain within the internationally agreed 1.5 degrees warming threshold.  We must also build resilience against climate impacts and ensure a just transition towards a low- carbon society.

    Industry is directly responsible for more than one-third of global primary energy consumption and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, including hard-to-mitigate sectors such as chemicals, steel and cement. Put simply, the industrial sector will play a vital role in determining whether climate action in line with internationally agreed targets will be achieved.

    UNIDO is uniquely positioned within the United Nations to develop and implement industrial practices that support climate-neutral and climate-resilient development pathways. Its work is vital to delivering on Member State Nationally Determined Contributions and meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and associated mid-century net-zero objectives.

    In this context, the 19th UNIDO General Conference will consider a decision to develop a strategic framework to guide UNIDO’s climate-related activities and mainstream climate best practice across the operations of the organization.

  • Three weeks after the meeting of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26), the “Accelerating climate impact for Member States through Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID)” event will assemble prominent external experts and policymakers from Member States to discuss the climate change landscape emerging from COP26, and to examine the role that UNIDO’s expertise in low-carbon and resilient industrial development can play in meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement and charting a path towards carbon neutrality.

  • This discussion will provide context for the consideration of a climate framework to guide UNIDO’s priorities related to climate- compatible industrial development.

Confirmed speakers

  • Panellists
  • Moderator
  • Tareq Emtairah is the Director of the Energy Department at UNIDO. His work experience spans over 22 years in developed and emerging economies with a progressive focus on sustainable industrial transformation, energy transition, policy advocacy, applied research and capacity development. Before joining UNIDO, he worked as a senior research fellow at... Read More

    Daniel Kammen is the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (where he serves as Chair), the Goldman School of Public Policy (where he directs the Environmental Policy Center), and the department of Nuclear Engineering. ... Read More

    LEHR Ulrike

    Head of the Policy (Socioeconomics) Unit
    International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

    Ulrike Lehr studied physics at the University of Essen and economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute USA (M.Sc. 1992). She received her PhD for a thesis on environmental valuation in 2005 from the University of Hohenheim. She worked as a researcher at the German Aerospace Center (2005-2008) and at the RWI e.V., Essen; Department of energy pol... Read More

    Gökce Mete is Head of Secretariat of the Leadership Group for the Industry Transition hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). LeadIT explores how policy, finance and business practices in hard-to-abate industry sectors can be aligned to achieve climate neutrality consistent with Paris Agreement and the latest scientific evidence from t... Read More

    Leena Srivastava is the Deputy Director General for Science of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. Prior to this, she was the Vice Chancellor of the TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi – an inter-disciplinary higher education institution, focused on sustainable development – since 2012. She has over thr... Read More

  • Named “Startup-Grande-Dame” by the media, Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, angel investor and philanthropist. She is passionate about empowering people, especially women, and creating a better future through entrepreneurship, startups, and purpose-driven communities. Selma is an inspirat... Read More