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A joint initiative in partnership with:

UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

BMZ - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

WorldSkills Germany

To mark the beginning of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, the Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development conference assembled an impressive array of Government and Education representatives from across the African and Asian continents, UN agency representatives including UNESCO and UNEVOC, The International Labor Organisation (ILO), and WorldSkills Foundation Founding Partners including FESTO and IAPMO.

Presentations and discussions focussed on how green industrial skills can be defined and how can green practices and technology can help to move the products, processes, and systems developed by society towards sustainability; experiences with the implementation of green skills in developing countries and the risks and challenges in doing so; and how the WorldSkills Movement can assist such initiatives by promoting green skills disciplines to industry and in vocational education and training.

Speaking before the opening of the event, Managing Board Member of WorldSkills Germany Elfi Klumpp explained her pride in its realization; the first ever Green Skills conference to be hosted at a WorldSkills Competition.


Further highlights included this opening video message address from H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar:


Full event program

UNIDO Press release and links to all conference presentations

Full transcript of Aung San Suu Kyi video message address

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