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International Conference on Green Industry in Asia:
“Managing the transition to resource-efficient and low-carbon industries”

9-11 September 2009 | Manila, the Philippines

The Government of the Philippines, UNIDO, UNEP, ESCAP

International Conference on Green Industry in Asia: “Managing the transition to resource-efficient and low-carbon industries”
Highlights for Wednesday, 9 September 2009


The International Conference on Green Industry in Asia opened on Wednesday in Manila, the Philippines. In the morning, delegates heard opening statements, and met in a High-Level Segment to adopt the Manila Declaration. In the afternoon, delegates continued their discussions in two moderated High-Level Panels.

Opening Ceremony:
 

 

Jose Atienza, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, delivered his keynote address, and stressed that the global financial and climate change crises while both independent problems, cannot be solved with separate solutions. 
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Peter Favila, Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippines, said the conference provides an opportunity to address common concerns for improving the environmental performance of industry.
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Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) underscored that the involvement of industry in addressing the world’s environmental challenges was essential.
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Masakazu Ichimura, speaking on behalf of Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
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Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, Co-chair, International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, said that many businesses are moving towards green investments.
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Juan Somavia, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO), stressed that, in the current context, business as usual is not an option, highlighting the need for governments to steer a development course that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. 
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Jose Atienza, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
Philippines recieved a certificate of appreciaion from Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General
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MINISTERS
Group photo of Ministers and Senior officials.
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Enrique Manalo, the Philippines

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Mohamed Rasheed, Maldives
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Ajay Shankar, India
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Gao Donsheng, China
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The dais of the High-level panel.
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Paul Hohnen, Sustainability Strategies
moderated the afternoon high-level panels.
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SIDE EVENT: Resource Efficiency - Towards a Green Economy
 
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal launched the sixth issue of the Environment and Poverty Times. The edition highlights the importance of resource efficiency as a leaver to bring about a shift towards a green economy. Participants engaged in a dialogue about communication and capacity development for a more sustainable future, and underlined their experiences and examples from promoting resource efficiency and a greening of the economy.
 
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The side event also launched the 6th issue of the
Environment and Poverty Times.
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Manuel Gerochi, DENR, Phillipines
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Anne Solgaard, UNEP-GRID Arendal and Stefanos Fotiou, UNEP
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Bebet Gozun, Environment in
Poverty Reduction in the Philippines
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Ernst Weizsacker, Co-chair, International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management

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