WORLD Bangkok hosts 5th UN Green Industry Conference


Bangkok hosts 5th UN Green Industry Conference

By Sun Guangyong, | People's Daily app

05:53, October 05, 2018


United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General Li Yong. (Photo: Agencies)

Bangkok (People’s Daily) -- The 5th Green Industry Conference officially began today in the capital city of Thailand, with this year’s focus centered on growth opportunities for businesses and emerging economies.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General Li Yong said the core mission in Thailand has never been more relevant.

“UNIDO’s systems and approaches in support of inclusive and sustainable industrial development are fit for the future, and the growing commitment to expand UNIDO’s partnership with Thailand speaks for the trust placed in the Organization.”

Uttama Savanayan, Thailand’s Minister of Industry, emphasized how his country has attached the highest priority to sustainable development and has made essential advances in green mining, productive eco-designs and setting new eco-standards.

Together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the support of Thailand’s Ministry of Industry, the three-day Conference will explore green industry potential.  By exploring ways to create jobs and decrease resource dependency and pollution, some of the world’s brightest industry leaders will be on hand to share ideas.

While speaking at the opening event, Officer in Charge of ESCAP, Hongjoo Hahm, underlined the importance of a circular economy by advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and the Pacific, where SDG indicators have shown progress on economic and social fronts.

“We must work together to address environmental challenges, to meet mitigation measures, and to do better for life on earth, life below water, and for our future,” said Hahm and added “the solution is regional cooperation and pursuing a circular economy that must be driven in the next stage of our economic growth paradigm.”

Over 400 participants are expected, including high-level government officials, representatives of the private sector, industry associations, and members of academia, to discuss how green industry innovation helps countries achieve multiple objectives within the framework of the 2030 Agenda. 

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