Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Nairobi Declaration: resource efficient and cleaner production central to green economy and green industry

NAIROBI, 19 October 2011 – Resource efficient and cleaner production is a core building block for a Green Economy and Green Industry for achieving green growth, and for the preparatory process for the Rio+20 summit and the climate technology mechanism under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

This was stated in a declaration adopted today by participants at the Second Global Network on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) that ended in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The declaration pointed to the critical importance of manufacturing in generating incomes and employment in developing and transition countries as a lasting solution to alleviate poverty, address emerging water and other natural resource scarcities and improve the quality of life. It stressed the need to improve resource productivity and environmental performance of businesses and other organizations to achieve low carbon, resource efficient and green industrialization.

Participants commended the leadership and achievements of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in promoting the adaptation and adoption of RECP concepts, methods, policies and techniques in over 50 developing and transition countries, including through their support for the creation of the RECP net.

“UNIDO recognizes that the Green Industry agenda intersects with other mandates. Green Industry is an essential part of Green Economy, offering a path to green growth and green jobs,” said UNIDO Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, Dmitri Piskounov, who participated in the Nairobi meeting.

The RECP net brings together 41 initiatives based in developing and transition countries that have as their core activity the promotion and implementation of RECP concepts, methods, policies and techniques in manufacturing and related economic sectors. It was established in 2010 with the support of a joint UNIDO-UNEP programme on RECP in developing and transition countries. UNIDO and UNEP collaborate since 1994 in promoting cleaner production and resource efficiency, in particular through support for the establishment of National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes.

UNIDO is preparing for a Global Green Industry Action Agenda to be launched at the Rio+20 summit in Brazil in June 2012. This would reflect growing consensus that Green Industry is good for business and development at large. Resource productivity, water scarcity, climate change, job creation all stand to benefit from joint Green Industry actions.

To download the declaration, click here


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René Van Berkel

Chief, Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit


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