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Monday, 01 July 2013

Leipzig event promotes green industrial skills, sustainable training for young people

LEIPZIG, 1 July 2013 - Promoting green industrial skills and the sustainable technical and vocational training that are crucial for a better future of the young generation worldwide was the focus of an event that ended in Leipzig today.

The international conference, “Green industrial skills for sustainable development – risks and challenges for Least Developed Countries”, brought together more than 200 participants. The event was held in the run-up to the 42nd WorldSkills Competition.

Organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), WorldSkills Germany, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the WorldSkills Foundation, the conference was opened by Fatima Haram Acyl, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry; Günter Nooke, the German Chancellor’s representative for Africa; and Theodor Niehaus, President of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.

“We are proud to start at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 a strong process for sustainable skills development for employability, productivity and sustainability,” said Theodor Niehaus.

In a personal message sent to the conference participants, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, said: “Green, Skills and Youth: all matter very much to us in this world when we are trying to preserve our planet, trying to make sure that the future is safe and happy.”

Commissioner Acyl said that the conference came very timely. “We are excited to see the African participation in this Competition. We hope to see even more in the future, in order to learn the hands-on training that Africa needs so much,” she added.

"Germany strongly believes in its dual vocational training system. It is proven that its hands-on approach and work-place relevance are a source of Germany’s current economic strength," said Günter Nooke.

Ursula Müller, Director General, Policy Issues and Political Governance of Bilateral Development Cooperation, Sectoral Affairs at the BMZ, said: “Good technical vocational education and training needs well-qualified teachers and instructors and companies that are committed to provide training and jobs. That’s why German development cooperation collaborates closely with the private sector.”

Participants noted that environmental change and resource degradation are affecting production and jobs around the world, while Least Developed Countries (LDCs) generally require a high resilience against those changes. With many LDCs being at the verge of industrialization, the conference discussed challenges and concrete solutions for greening economies in LDCs and showed why skills matter.

Chakib Jenane, Deputy Director of UNIDOs Agri-Business Development Branch, said: “Climate change is expected to impact on the labor market in several ways. It is important that we develop green technologies and skills to help mitigate these effects, especially in LDC’s. I hope this conference will serve as a start-up to concrete actions.”

To download all conference presentations, please click here

To see the video message of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi , please Opens external link in new windowclick here

For more information please contact:

Hila Alam
UNIDO
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Elfi Klumpp
WorldSkills Germany GF, Vorstandsmitglied
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