Training Seminar “Understanding ISO26000-Social Responsibility”  
In response to the business challenge of finding solutions that will help our professional careers and the success of our businesses in international markets, Close The Loop is conducting a training seminar for the voluntary International Standard ISO26000: 2010. The seminar will be held on October 4, 2012 in Athens, Greece and delivered by experts Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos and Irene Daskalakis.    
World manufacturing growth down in 2011, according to the latest UNIDO Industrial Statistics Yearbook  
The rate of world manufacturing output growth decelerated in 2011, amid fears of a double-dip recession due to the instability of financial markets, especially in euro-zone countries. The total of world manufacturing value added (MVA) also dropped, compared to the previous year.    
ANQ Congress 2012 :Striving for Exellence Through Product and service Quality(31 July-3August 2012) Hong kong  
ANQ Congress 2012 will be held in Hong Kong, the beautiful Pearl of the East, from July 30 to August 3, 2012.The theme of the Congress is “Striving for Excellence through Product and Service Quality”. Until now, the connotation of quality has extended beyond the scope of product manufacturing to cover various other industrial sectors including service, healthcare and education.    
ISO 22301, the world’s first international standard for Business Continuity Management just released  
ISO 22301, the world’s first international standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM), has been developed to help organizations minimize the risk of such disruptions. ISO has officially launched ISO 22301, “Societal security - Business continuity management systems – Requirements”, the new international standard for Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). This standard will replace the current British standard BS25999.    
Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development kicks off with call to action  
More than 100 Heads of State and government today gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.    
Rio+20: Ban announces more than 100 commitments on sustainable energy  
Speaking at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that more than one hundred commitments and actions have been already mobilized in support of the UN’s global sustainable energy initiative. “Achieving sustainable energy for all is not only possible, but necessary – it is the golden thread that connects development, social inclusion and environmental protection,” Secretary-General Ban said at a press conference at Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.    
Rio+20: Development banks to invest $175 billion in sustainable transport  
The eight largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced today at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that they will invest $175 billion in sustainable transportation systems over the coming decade.    
Countdown Begins to World Environment Day 2012  
The countdown to World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2012 is well underway in Brazil. This year's host country is preparing to lead what promises to be the largest WED celebrations in the event's four-decade history.    
Ban urges progress in Rio+20 negotiations, names post-2015 High-level Panel co-chairs  
9 May 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to make progress in their negotiations of the outcome document for the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) next month. “We are at a crucial stage,” Mr. Ban told the members of the General Assembly in New York this afternoon. “We have about 40 days – and 40 nights – to Rio. We must use every moment.”    

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