Eco-design can reduce environmental impact of industrial development – UNIDO Director General

Eco-design can reduce environmental impact of industrial development – UNIDO Director General

GUANGZHOU, 6 December 2019 – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, has highlighted the capacity of eco-design to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development.   

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2nd World Eco-Design Conference (WEDC), Li said, “As the Fourth Industrial Revolution begins to unfold its great potential, we believe that eco-design could play a key role in reducing the environmental impact of industrial development,” adding, “Eco-design could contribute to inclusive and sustainable industrial development through sustainable value addition and job creation, especially in developing countries, and therefore contribute to the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

On the sidelines of 2nd WEDC, the Director General met with the Ministers of Industry of Bangladesh and Cambodia, the Managing Director of the United Nations Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries, leaders of the Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government, and other senior officials to discuss how UNIDO can support their efforts in the field of eco-design.

With the theme, “Innovation - Customization”, the 2nd WEDC aims to promote the application of customized and ecological industrial design to increase competitiveness and reduce carbon emissions. WEDC is co-hosted by the China Industrial Design Association and the Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government, with Thailand, Cambodia and Bangladesh this year’s guest countries of honour.

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MA Jian

National Programme Officer

UNIDO Regional Office in China

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