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UNIDO Director-General discusses green future for country's industry with students in Vietnam

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Ha Noi, 7 September 2009 – Maintaining the pace of industrialization to ensure Vietnam becomes a modern, industrialized country by 2020, but in a sustainable and “green” way was the topic of a town hall meeting today between UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and students of the Hanoi University of Technology.

“Industry accounts for 65 per cent of the global growth in greenhouse gas emissions, so we need to make industry more “green” to maintain sustainable growth, in particular in rapidly growing countries like Vietnam,” said Kandeh K. Yumkella.

“UNIDO has been assisting the government and business sector in Vietnam in cleaner production, energy efficiency and sustainable waste management for sustainable industrial development since the 1980s. It will also continue to support them through the promotion of “Green Industry” concepts and measures. I am confident that Vietnam will take the necessary steps to maintain a good environment for the next generations as it reaches its goal of industrialization by 2020.”

Participants at the meeting agreed that economic growth needs to be decoupled from increased resource consumption, excessive material intensity and discharge of waste and that “Green Industry” with innovative technologies and entrepreneurship is the way forward for Vietnam.

Nguyen Trong Giang, the President of the Hanoi University of Technology, said: “We appreciate the technical cooperation with UNIDO in establishing and operating the Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre. In partnership with UNIDO, our University will continue to prepare the young generation with the necessary knowledge, technology and skills to help unleash the youth’s creativity in environmental, engineering and other related fields. We hope our graduates will take leading roles in contributing to sustainable industrialization in Vietnam.”

For further information, please contact:

Nilgün F. Taş
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Vietnam Country Office
Phone: +84 (0)4 3822 4490
Fax: +84 (0)4 3942 2484
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Nguyen Trong Giang
Hanoi University of Technology
Phone: +84 (0)4 3868 3197
Fax: +84 (0)4 3869 6720




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