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News Article | March 29, 2016
Site: www.theenergycollective.com

Igor Volodin introduces a programme demonstrating the benefits of adopting best available techniques, cleaner production technology, and appropriate environmental management and accounting practices Green industry is an approach that realizes the potential for industries to decouple economic growth from excessive and increasing resource use, thereby reducing pollution and generating additional revenues. It foresees a world where industrial sectors will minimize waste in every form, use renewable resources as input materials and fuels, and take every possible precaution to avoid harming workers, communities, climate, or the environment. Green industries will be creative and innovative, constantly developing new ways of improving their economic, environmental and social performance. Enterprises in developing countries and countries with economies in transition are facing numerous challenges in their effort to maintain or increase their competitiveness on the local market and access to international markets with good-quality products, comply with environmental standards and reduce operational costs. In order to assist companies in dealing with such challenges and to direct them towards the “green industry” paradigm, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) designed a specific methodology, the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST), which exists as both an integrated approach and a global programme. TEST combines the essential elements of tools like Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production, Environmental Management Systems and Environmental Management Accounting, and applies them on the basis of a comprehensive diagnosis of enterprise performance. As a result of the customized integration and implementation of these tools and their elements, the key output is the adoption of best practices, and new skills and management culture, as well as corporate social responsibility, enabling the company to carry on the improvement journey towards sustainable entrepreneurship. The first TEST pilot programme was launched in 2000 in the Danube River Basin. Since then, TEST has been replicated in several regions worldwide within industrial hot spot areas, contributing to the prevention of the discharge of industrial effluents into international waters (rivers, lakes, wetlands and coastal areas) and thereby protecting water resources for future generations. In 2009, UNIDO launched the MEDTEST initiative with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Italian government to promote the transfer and adoption of cleaner technology in industries in three countries of the Southern Mediterranean region: Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The project aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness of introducing best practices and integrated management systems in terms of cost reduction, productivity increase and environmental performance. A pool of 43 manufacturing sites – mostly small and medium-sized enterprises – across seven industrial sectors in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia actively participated in MED TEST during 2010-2011. A core objective of the MED TEST initiative was building national capacity. This was achieved by extensive training and a technical assistance programme that targeted six national institutions and service providers and 30 local professionals, in addition to the staff of the 43 demonstration companies. As a result, a network of local resources is now engaged in promoting the TEST approach and will be able to extend the experience gained to other industries in the region. The active participation of the staff of the demonstration companies in the training and in the implementation of the project ensures the sustainability of all identified actions at company level, as well as that of newly developed projects. IGOR VOLODIN is Deputy to the Director of the Environment Branch at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Original article


News Article | February 23, 2017
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SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - February 23, 2017) - IoT Summit today announced its 2017 program consisting of talks by experts covering key areas related to the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, market, design, service, and applications. The 6th IoT Summit is the premier forum to present, highlight and discuss the latest products, applications, development, and business opportunities in IoT. The market for IoT, sensors, wearables, cloud, and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The conference brings together researchers, developers, and practitioners from diverse fields including scientists and engineers, research institutes, and industry. IoT Summit convenes Thursday March 16th, through Friday March 17th, 2017 at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. To learn more and register, please visit www.IoT-Summit.org. Stanley Chum, CNTD (KEYNOTE) Uniform Classification and Identity of Things, and Ubiquitous Data Rapid Access in IOT Cyberspace Timothy Saxe, QuickLogic (KEYNOTE) Solving the SoC Design Dilemma for IoT Applications with Embedded FPGA Reiner Kappenberger, HPE Security-Data Security IoT Driving the Need for More Secure Big Data Analytics Oliver Cockcroft, Ayla Networks Using sensor data to learn from and control the smart home Michael Beamer, goTransverse Success in IoT: Turning your IoT service into a profit Joseph Bradley, Uptake A New Model for the Industrial Internet of Things Randall Frantz, Esri Delivering Connected World Benefits: Why Location is the missing link in the IoT Ecosystem Ravi Srivatsav, NTT Innovation Institute IoT and Healthcare - Designing a New System to Predict Adverse Reactions Arthur Lozinski, Oomnitza What to Expect in Next Generation IT Tallis Blalack, Arch Systems Intelligence at the Edge: Empowering a Next Generation of IoT Developers Rich Goldman, Global Technology University The Challenges that Lie at the Heart of IoT For information and registration see http://www.IoT-Summit.org *Please note the list of speakers and program is subject to minor changes. Panel Discussion: Business and Career Opportunities in Internet of Things Rozalia Beica - Dow Electronic (Chair and Moderator) Renil Paramel - Gartner Other Panelists to be announced soon. Space is limited so register online now: Registration fee includes the permission to attend all technical sessions, panel discussion, exhibits, IoT workshops, as well as lunch and coffee/tea breaks. 5th IoT Summit is a forum to present, highlight and discuss the latest products, applications, development, and business opportunities in IoT. The market for IoT, sensors, wearables, cloud, and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The conference brings together researchers, developers, and practitioners from diverse fields including scientists and engineers, research institutes, and industry. IoT Summit is the 5th event is produced and sponsored by the International Society for Quality Electronic Design. Financial sponsorship has been by Keysight Technologies, QuickLogic, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Synopsys, Innovotek, and Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute. A limited number of sponsored panelist and exhibit tables are available. See http://www.iot-summit.org/English/For_Sponsors/Exhibitor_Opportunities.html All trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.


The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today held a press conference to launch the 16th Global Food Safety Conference, announce the release of a new edition of GFSI's flagship Benchmarking Requirements and to share groundbreaking strides in public-private collaboration with a G30 of food safety. The industry's top global food safety event has brought together 1,150 food industry representatives from 56 countries in Houston, Texas, where 70 experts and thought leaders will take the stage over the coming days to share insights on Leadership for Growth.  CEOs of food industry heavy-weights will be joined by government representatives and regulators from several countries, practitioners from across the supply chain and even an astronaut. Peter Begg, Senior Director, Global Quality Programs, Mondelez International & Chair of the Global Food Safety Conference committee, shared insights as to what is in store for delegates and how the programme was shaped in line with the ever-changing industry and regulatory landscape. 30 Institutions Come Together with GFSI in a "G30" of Food Safety Notably announced at the press conference was a series of meetings hosted by GFSI yesterday which gathered over 100 representatives from more than 20 countries and multilaterals organisations to discuss better collaboration for global public health outcomes. Countries including Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, the UK and the United States of America had a strong presence at this second edition of the meetings, sending delegations from their food safety agencies. Multilateral organisations including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) also participated in the meetings. "Going forward, the hope is for this growing dialogue to create first-of-its kind understandings between world governments and business for a mutually beneficial results for consumers, industry and regulators" said Mike Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill, Inc. USA & Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors. "GFSI is an example of reciprocity on a global scale. By investing in food safety together, sharing knowledge and harmonising systems, we can go beyond borders and barriers to ensure one safe global food supply," commented Herman Diricks, Chief Executive Officer of the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) and Co-Chair of the G2B meetings. "We are excited to be participating in this groundbreaking collaboration with global food leaders, for the benefit of all." See the full Press Release here GFSI also announced a key breakthrough with the highly-anticipated publication of the Benchmarking Requirements V7, the world's most widely accepted benchmarking criteria which acts as a "food safety passport" across global supply chains, facilitating international trade and mutual trust in the level of safety systems in place. On behalf of GFSI, Mike Robach thanked the many stakeholders who have been involved in the review process and explained how the document triggers continuous improvement throughout supply chains, for the benefit of consumers around the globe. See the full Press Release here Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, shared how her company is leveraging GFSI for success, saying that GFSI-benchmarked certifications are a critical component of their food safety management program as they provide third-party assurance that high quality standards are in place and meet internationally recognised standards. Irene announced that Mondelēz has made a commitment to have 100% of their suppliers attain one of the GFSI benchmarked certifications by the end of 2017. By the end of 2016, 94% of their suppliers had already met this requirement. GFSI is powered by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and Irene sits on the CGF Board of Directors, where she represents GFSI to over 50 other CEOs of leading retail and manufacturing companies.


News Article | November 25, 2016
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The Joint Declaration signed by Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern and UNIDO Director General LI Yong signals the start of a cooperation with UNIDO and the Global Impact Investment Foundation (GIIF). Impact investment is one of the key instruments for implementing the United Nation's Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Global Impact Investment Foundation is focusing on promoting and driving Impact Investing globally by developing appropriate market structures and tools to encourage and enable social entrepreneurs and link them to impact investors. Alon Shklarek, entrepreneur, impact investor and President of GIIF sees the signing of the Joint Declaration as a crucial milestone. "Social entrepreneurs are the drivers behind the progress in addressing the sustainable development goals. This signature and the active support of the Republic of Austria and UNIDO of the Global Impact Investing Foundation marks a very important milestone for each such social entrepreneur and the Impact Investing Agenda as a whole." Chancellor Christian Kern stressed the importance of cooperation for Austria. "We have to give people the chance and a perspective on good living conditions in their home countries and do not have to flee. Impact Investment is one of the most sensible ways to help people in their home countries and cooperate with their countries. With the Joint Declaration, we want to jointly with UNIDO establish Vienna in cooperation with the GIIF as a pioneer for Impact Investment", emphasizes the Chancellor. "The impact investment market is now at a significant turning point as it enters the mainstream." said UNIDO's Director General LI Yong, who further expressed the Organization's keen interest in developing and exchanging good practices and new methodologies with GIIF. For further information please contact: Richard Vrzal contact@giifoundation.org +43-676/5114338


News Article | November 10, 2016
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LAS VEGAS, EUA E LONDRES, REINO UNIDO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Rimini Street, Inc., líder global independente em fornecimento de serviços de suporte a software empresarial para SAP SE (NYSE:SAP)Business Suite, BusinessObjects e software para HANA Database e Siebel, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, E-Business Suite, Oracle Database, Oracle Middleware, Hyperion, Oracle Retail, Oracle Agile PLM e Oracle ATG Web Commerce da Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL), anunciou hoje a expansão da sua presença e dos seus inves


VIENNA, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Joint Declaration signed by Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern and UNIDO Director General LI Yong signals the start of a cooperation with UNIDO and the Global Impact Investment Foundation (GIIF). Impact investment is one of the key instruments for implementing the United Nation's Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Global Impact Investment Foundation is focusing on promoting and driving Impact Investing globally by developing appropriate market structures and tools to encourage and enable social entrepreneurs and link them to impact investors. Alon Shklarek, entrepreneur, impact investor and President of GIIF sees the signing of the Joint Declaration as a crucial milestone. "Social entrepreneurs are the drivers behind the progress in addressing the sustainable development goals. This signature and the active support of the Republic of Austria and UNIDO of the Global Impact Investing Foundation marks a very important milestone for each such social entrepreneur and the Impact Investing Agenda as a whole." Chancellor Christian Kern stressed the importance of cooperation for Austria. "We have to give people the chance and a perspective on good living conditions in their home countries and do not have to flee. Impact Investment is one of the most sensible ways to help people in their home countries and cooperate with their countries. With the Joint Declaration, we want to jointly with UNIDO establish Vienna in cooperation with the GIIF as a pioneer for Impact Investment," emphasizes the Chancellor. "The impact investment market is now at a significant turning point as it enters the mainstream," said UNIDO's Director General LI Yong, who further expressed the Organization's keen interest in developing and exchanging good practices and new methodologies with GIIF. For further information please contact: Richard Vrzal contact@giifoundation.org +43-676/5114338


News Article | November 28, 2016
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VIENA, November 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- - Austria y UNIDO firman una declaración conjunta para apoyar la Global Impact Investment Foundation  Se alcanza un importante hito para la inversión de impacto y el empresariazgo social   La declaración conjunta firmada por el canciller...


Une étape majeure est franchie pour l'investissement à impact social et l'entrepreneuriat social La déclaration commune signée par Christian Kern, chancelier autrichien, et LI Yong, directeur général d'UNIDO, indique le début d'une coopération avec UNIDO et la Global Impact Investment Foundation (GIIF). L'investissement à impact social est l'un des instruments clés pour la mise en œuvre de l'Agenda des Nations Unies sur les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD). La Global Impact Investment Foundation se dédie à la promotion et à la stimulation de l'investissement à impact social à l'échelle mondiale, en développant des outils et structures de marché appropriés qui encouragent et favorisent les entrepreneurs sociaux tout en les reliant à des investisseurs à impact social. Alon Shklarek, entrepreneur, investisseur à impact social et président de la GIIF, voit la signature de cette déclaration commune comme une étape cruciale. « Les entrepreneurs sociaux sont les moteurs du progrès en matière de mise en œuvre des objectifs de développement durable. Cette signature et le soutien actif de la République d'Autriche et d'UNIDO envers la Global Impact Investing Foundation marque une étape très importante pour chacun de ces entrepreneurs sociaux ainsi que pour l'Agenda d'investissement à impact social dans son ensemble. » Le chancelier Christian Kern a souligné l'importance de la coopération pour l'Autriche. « Nous devons donner aux gens la chance et une perspective de bonnes conditions de vie dans leur pays et nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre de leur tourner le dos. L'investissement à impact social est l'une des manières les plus judicieuses d'aider les gens dans leur pays et de coopérer avec ces derniers. À travers cette déclaration commune, conjointement avec UNIDO et en coopération avec la GIIF, nous souhaitons faire de Vienne un pionnier de l'investissement à impact social », a insisté le chancelier. « Le marché de l'investissement à impact social se trouve désormais à un tournant alors qu'il est en train d'entrée dans la tendance populaire », a déclaré LI Yong, directeur général d'UNIDO, qui a de nouveau fait part de l'intérêt particulier de l'organisation pour le développement et l'échange de bonnes pratiques et de nouvelles méthodologies avec la GIIF.


VIENA, 28 de novembro de 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A Declaração Conjunta assinada pelo chanceler da Áustria, Christian Kern, e pelo diretor geral da UNIDO, LI Yong, sinaliza o início de uma cooperação com a UNIDO e a Fundação de Investimento de Impacto Global (GIIF -- Global Impact Investment...


VIENNE, November 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Une étape majeure est franchie pour l'investissement à impact social et l'entrepreneuriat social   La déclaration commune signée par Christian Kern, chancelier autrichien, et LI Yong, directeur général d'UNIDO, indique le début d'une coopér...

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