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"Greening the Value Chain for a Sustainable and Equitable Future" - DPI NGO briefing
16 Feb 2012 -  The promotion of green value chains is increasingly recognized as a promising approach to addressing not only economic development, job creation and inclusive growth, but a wider range of social and environmental development issues.  Companies that have taken the lead in greening their supply chains are finding significant savings – from a reduction in packaging, smarter energy use, removal of harmful chemicals from production processes to improving logistics – that is helping them become more competitive and resilient to economic crises. This new business model was in large part driven by new environmental regulations and consumer demand but it has also been motivated by the need to reduce costs and increase competitive advantage in a crowded global marketplace. 

This panel discussion, convened by the UN Department of Public Information and the International Labour Organization (ILO), is a follow-up to the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference whose emphasis was on sustainability.  It will highlight successful models of sustainability, provide a forum for further debate on critical timetables for action and  contribute to wider dissemination of ideas and tools that can be mobilized for more effective action in the lead-up to Rio+20.

Moderator: Gael Bindley-Taylor, NGO Relations, Department of Public Information (DPI)

Opening statement: H.E. Mr. Talaibek Kydyrov, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations

Speakers:
-  Vinicius Pinheiro, Senior Adviser to the Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
-  Norine Kennedy, Vice President, Energy and Environmental Affairs, US Council for International Business
-  Margot Brandenburg, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation
-  David Foster, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance