The First Regional Conference on Sustainable Industrial Development “Promoting Sustainable Energy Solutions and Clean Technologies in CIS Countries’’ kicked off at the Vienna International Centre today. Over the next two days, decision-makers, industry experts and practitioners will exchange best practices, knowledge, experiences and business solutions for achieving a greener and more sustainable future. The conference is organized by the Europe and Central Asia Division of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with financial support from the Government of the Russian Federation.
More than 80 participants from a range of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan attended. During the first day, representatives of the CIS Secretariat, international organizations, the private sector and academia came together for a fruitful debate focusing on strategies, instruments and models to promote green industries, resource efficient and cleaner production processes and harnessing opportunities offered by clean technologies. The event also addressed the importance of industrial energy efficiency. Participants presented their national experiences and business models for upscaling green technologies and sustainable innovative solutions in industry.
During the opening, the Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong, stressed the importance of upscaling sustainable energy solutions and green technologies for achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. UNIDO has been implementing numerous technical cooperation projects and programmes in the CIS region to make industries more sustainable, efficient and profitable. Georgy Mikhno, Acting Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna underlined that this event will allow the design of new forms of cooperation, and highlighted UNIDO’s role as a valuable partner for the implementation of joint programmes and as facilitator of international networks for sustainable energy management and clean technologies in industry. The audience was also addressed by Alexey Aleshin, Chairman of the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of the Russian Federation and Dmitry Belanovich, Adviser to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
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