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UNIDO to unveil 'green industry' agenda in Rio+20 summit

UNIDO is the specialised agency of the UN that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability.

Updated: Jun 20, 2012, 07.42 PM IST
NEW DELHI: The UNIDO will present its flagship agenda of 'green economy' to improve the industrial performance in the ongoing United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20).

"The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is all set to present its flagship green industry initiative at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - RIO+20," it said in a statement.

UNIDO is the specialised agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability.

At the Rio+20 conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, are coming together to focus on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is attending the three-day Rio+20 summit, to be attended by 193 nations. UNIDO said the green industry agenda is a two-pronged strategy that involves--greening of industry, ensuring that all industries, regardless of sector, size and location, continuously improve their environmental performance and resource productivity.

Secondly, "creating green industries, by stimulating the development and creation of industries that deliver environmental goods and services," UNIDO said.

The agency said that the consensus on the concept of green economy can only be reached if developing countries like India are provided with concrete opportunities to participate in the global markets for environmental goods and services. This will create possibilities for sustainable development in the international system.

"This is why UNIDO is bringing to Rio its ...agenda which outlines policy frameworks, instruments and concrete examples of good practice, as well as measures and programmes that support the greening of the industrial sector in developing countries and economies in transition," it added.

The G20 meeting in Mexico ended, yesterday, wherein global leaders committed to act together to strengthen recovery and address financial market tensions.

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