Second Meeting of Green Industry Platform Advisory Board Held

Participants at the second meeting of the Green Industry Platform Advisory Board

Participants at the second meeting of the Green Industry Platform Advisory Board

The second meeting of the Advisory Board – the highest advisory body of the UNIDO-UNEP Green Industry Platform – was held on 22 September 2014, in New York. The meeting took place in conjunction with the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 and sought to provide the Platform’s conveners with guidance on the optimal means to increase the initiative’s relevance, reach and impact over the coming years.

Detailed guidance was provided by the assembled high-level government, business and civil society representatives on the potential activities and role the Platform could undertake to strengthen the its mandate and ensure its continued relevance after its pilot phase ends, and new international development agenda emerges, in 2015.

From L-R: H.E. Mr. Taher Shakhashir (Minister of Environment, Jordan); Mr. Heinz Leuenberger (Director, Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO), Mr. Li Yong (Director General, UNIDO), Mr. Achim Steiner (Executive Director, UNEP)

From L-R: H.E. Mr. Taher Shakhashir (Minister of Environment, Jordan); Mr. Heinz Leuenberger (Director, Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO), Mr. Li Yong (Director General, UNIDO), Mr. Achim Steiner (Executive Director, UNEP)

In particular, the Board’s recommendations centred around strengthening the Platform’s value proposition and business case; using the Platform as an interface between global business – particularly SMEs – and the emerging Sustainable Development Goals; and producing more concrete outputs for members and stakeholders, with a value chain and regional focus.

In introductory statements, the Director General of UNIDO, Mr. Li Yong, and the Executive Director of UNEP, Mr. Achim Steiner, highlighted the necessity for global, multi-stakeholder partnerships for development, emphasizing a need to balance country-level environmental and economic goals. Additionally, the need for the Green Industry Platform to help countries realize their ambitions in the post-2015 setting, for instance by helping African economies make pivotal ‘green’ industrial development choices, was underscored.

Amongst the recommendations made by the Advisory Board, was the notion to strengthen and focus the Platform’s value proposition and sharpen its business case for prospective and current members. It was suggested that emphasis would need to be placed on developing concrete products and services for members, such as showcasing industry best practice along select value chains.

It was noted that these and other recommendations would be taken into account by UNIDO and UNEP in framing the review to be undertaken in 2015 of the Platform’s pilot phase, and in improving its outreach and impact in the period beyond 2015. Specific recommendations would be brought to the Board’s next meeting.

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More information:

The full meeting report is available here.

Advisory Board Meeting: http://www.greenindustryplatform.org/?page_id=791

UNIDO Director General Latest News: http://www.unido.org/en/who-we-are/structure/directorgeneral/latest-news/q3-14.html

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