UNIDO Green Industry: From Initiative to Platform

The Green Industry Initiative is an initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Its objective is the mainstreaming of social and environmental considerations into the operations of enterprises in all countries and regions through the more efficient use of energy and raw materials, innovative practices and applications of new green technologies. It was first announced in September 2009 by former UNIDO Director General Kandeh K. Yumkella at the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia in Manila, Philippines. Building on the outcome of this Conference and the follow-up Conference in Tokyo, Japan in November 2011, UNIDO is now implementing the Initiative through a global, high-level, multi-stakeholder action partnership, known as the Green Industry Platform.

UNEP Green Economy Initiative

In 2008, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Green Economy Initiative. The Green Economy Report, published in 2010, demonstrates how greening the economy can be a new engine for growth, a net generator of decent jobs and a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. In 2012, the Business Case for the Green Economy report builds on UNEP’s experience in resource efficiency activities with the private sector and along the value chain, such as development of sustainable consumption and production tools, market-based instruments and voluntary approaches, multi-stakeholder partnerships, technical support and capacity building activities. The UNEP Green Economy reports, as well as activities in the Resource Efficiency area will help underpin the operations of the Green Industry Platform.