At the invitation of the UNIDO Project Team, the UNDP – GEF Kura II project staff attended the National Conference on EaP GREEN Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production project in Azerbaijan in Baku, on 25-th May 2017. The National Conference was organized under the UNIDO-led Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Component, as part of a regional project "Greening Economies in the European Union's Eastern Neighbourhood" (EaP GREEN) funded by the European Union (EU) with additional co-financing by the Government of Slovenia and the Development Bank of Austria. The project supports EaP countries, including Azerbaijan, in promoting RECP approach aimed at increasing efficiency of industrial production while reducing risks for environment and human health.
The results and experiences of the EaP GREEN RECP Demonstration Project in Azerbaijan were presented at the conference to raise awareness and understanding of the RECP among national stakeholders. Key challenges and the ways forward to a green economy were discussed, as well as attraction of donor support for implementing RECP options. The Senior Capacity Building Expert of Kura II project Mr. Ahmed Abou Elseoud addressed the question to one of the speakers during the conference.
The participation of the conference was very useful in terms of getting new contacts for further activities within the Kura II project related to Public Private Partnership for "Blue Business Awards", and potentially for project pollution abatement activities.
The Project Managers agreed to continue discussions and to build on the successes of the UNIDO efforts where possible.