Friday, 30 September 2011

UNIDO co-organizes green industry conference in Beirut in preparation for RIO+20

BEIRUT, 30 September 2011 – An action plan for the development of green industries in the Arab world was discussed at a conference that ended in Beirut today.

The action plan will be presented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Arabic Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) and the secretariat of the League of the Arab States at preparatory meetings for the Rio+20 summit in Brazil in June 2012.

UNIDO experts shared experience in promoting green industries and in contributing to a green economy, including the Organization’s Green Industry Initiative and its contribution to sustaining Green Economy and creating Green Jobs. They also pointed to UNIDO’s role in adopting low-carbon technologies through the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, presented cases of sustainable production, and emphasized the role of sustainability standards in promoting green economy.

The Lebanese Minster of Industry, Vrej Sabounjian, recognised the importance of promoting sustainable development and green industry in order to combat pollution, poverty and industrial waste and the role of green industries in economic and social development, especially in its ability to foster job creation.

The director of the sustainable development division at ESCWA, Roula Majdalani, spoke about the importance of Rio+20 which aims to renew international commitment to sustainable development.

“Green industry, is a normal environment-friendly successor to traditional industry which currently remains at the heart of modern economies,” she said.

The conference, titled “Green Industries for the provision of employment opportunities”, was organized by ESCWA and AIDMO, in collaboration with UNIDO, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the League of Arab States.

The event was attended by national experts from Arab countries, as well as international experts in the field, representatives of relevant regional and international organizations and civil society organizations working in the fields of industry and environment.

For more information, please contact:

Khaled El Mekwad
UNIDO Field Office in Lebanon
Tel. +961 1978699   

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