New UN report focuses on green, inclusive industrialization in Africa

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Baku, April 12, AZERTAC 

Welcoming the launch of the latest economic report on Africa, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that African countries should leapfrog “business as usual,” carbon-intensive methods of growth and instead pursue a pathway to green industrialization, according to UN News Centre.

“The report strongly illustrates that pursuing green industrialization would greatly benefit the continent’s economy, identifying ways in which the use of new business models and green technologies can galvanize sustainable and inclusive growth, the creation of green jobs, and greater global competitiveness, all while protecting and increasing the productivity of Africa’s natural resources,” Maged Abdelaziz, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, said at the New York launch of the report at an event co-organized by his Office and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Entitled Greening Africa’s Industrialization, the theme of this year’s report is said to go beyond simply showing the importance of Africa’s industrialization; it also emphasizes the importance of how Africa industrializes.

“The report’s country case studies provide concrete examples of successful greening activities across key sectors,” Mr. Abdelaziz explained. “The innovative modelling scenarios used to evaluate the impact of ‘business as usual’ versus the ‘greening’ approach help make clear that green industrialization is the best way forward for the continent’s efforts to achieve inclusive and sustainable structural economic transformation.”

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