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UNIDO, UNESCAP and UNEP to Organize International Conference on Green Industry in Asia

Announcement: International Conference on Green Industry in Asia

January 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are jointly organizing the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia under the theme “Managing the Transition to Resource-Efficient and Low Carbon Industries.”

The Conference will be held from 9-11 September 2009, in Manila, the Philippines. It will be hosted by the government of the Philippines, and is being organized in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank. The Conference is expected to draw about 600 participants from government, the private sector, academia, international/regional organizations and the media. The event aims to showcase how industries in the Asia and the Pacific region can effectively manage and benefit from the transition to resource-efficient and low carbon industries, whilst sustaining rapid economic growth and trade competitiveness. More specifically, it will provide a forum for the sharing of information and knowledge on: policies and strategies to integrate sustainability into the industrial development process; best practices in optimizing energy, water and raw material use in the production process; and the development of new value and supply chains around industry-related environmental goods and services. A trade exhibition on clean technologies will also be organized in conjunction with the Conference. The Conference is expected to result in the adoption of a ministerial declaration and action plan on improving resource efficiency in Asia and a mechanism to periodically review and assess progress in implementing the action plan. [UNIDO Announcement]