Introduction to ICS-UNIDO Activities and Programmes:

Focus on Cleaner Technologies and Sustainable Development

Stanislav Miertus

International Centre for Science and High Technology of the United Nations Industrial Development

Organization ICS-UNIDO - AREA Science Park, Bldg. L2, Padriciano 99, 34012 Trieste, Italy

Abstract

The paper briefly reviews the key issues of the programme which is being developed by the International Centre for Science and High Technology of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (ICS-UNIDO), focused on technologies for sustainable industrial development and more specifically those applicable to chemical and related industries.

The first part of the paper describes the concept of sustainability with a short overview of the concept of pollution prevention. The second part is devoted to the overview of ICS-UNIDO programmes, with specific focus on catalysis and sustainable chemistry.