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Rio+20 : Global green economy has become a reality, UN official says
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Global green economy has become a reality, UN official says
The global green economy has become a reality but world governments must do more to ensure its success, the head of the United Nations agency responsible for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability declared today.

?One thing is clear: green industry is real. It is already here,? UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella told the opening session of the agency?s biennial conference in Vienna.

?UNIDO has been at the forefront of the industry and environment nexus for many years,? he added, spotlighting the role played by UNIDO?s Green Industry Initiative in hastening the environmentally-friendly growth of industry and fostering sustainable development in the world?s poorer nations.

Citing UNIDO?s ?major role? in driving the UN agenda forward on green energy issues, Dr. Yumkella also pointed to progress made by developing countries in greening their industries as an example of his agency?s contribution to next year?s meeting on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio+20).

The General Assembly has also named 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
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