Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development
A one-day conference in 2013 defining green skills, practices, and technology
How can green industrial skills be defined and how can green practices and technology help to move the products, processes, and systems developed by society towards sustainability?
The conference, marking the beginning of the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, assembled an impressive array of Government and Education representatives discussing the challenges of defining and implementing green industrial skills in developing countries – among them 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.
It was a joint initiative in partnership with:
- UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
- BMZ - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
- WorldSkills Germany
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: