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Until this day, ICPE remains the sole intergovernmental organization headquartered in Slovenia. More than 40 years ago, on 24 April 1974, ICPE was founded as the International Center for Public Enterprises in Developing Countries by the Government of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, following the initiative of the United Nations (UN) and with strong support of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and personal commitment of Academician Mr. Anton Vratuša, PhD, the then Vice-President of the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia.

It was a time of enthusiasm, emerging new states in the wake of decolonization and an orientation towards the “New International Economic Order”, which would strive to reach fair and economically balanced relations between the “developed” and the “developing” worlds. Strong and efficient public enterprises proved to be one of the key pillars of good governance and building of the economies in the relatively fragile and weak countries of the global “South”. ICPE grew on these ideas. Already in 1976, only two years after it was registered as a Yugoslav organization, following the expressed interest of many NAM members, ICPE was transformed officially to an intergovernmental organization of its member states. 30 states and 9 observers were present at the founding conference in March 1976. By the 1980, ICPE had initiated seven successful programs, research, seminars and trainings in the field of public enterprises, some of which were carried out comparatively in several member states and were financially supported by the UN agencies.

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Training programs

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ICPE provides training programs for government offices and different public sector institutions, as well as other interested institutions from its member states and beyond. With its vast experience in the field of training and strong connections with different academic, research and business institutions, ICPE is able to provide programs on the most diverse topics.

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ICPE - UNIDO Training program on Sustainable Energy Solutions

On 18 November 2014 the second edition of the course on sustainable energy solutions jointly organized by the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organizations (UNIDO) started in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

This year's edition bearing the title »Sustainable Energy Solutions: Technologies, Trends and Policy Options« is a 9-day course designed to provide participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the current and expected trends in sustainable energy solutions and to reflect on practical, innovative and cost effective ways to address sustainability problem within the energy industry and energy systems.

During the introductory session welcome remarks were delivered by Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General (ICPE), by Jacek Cukrowski, Chief (Institute for Capacity Development, UNIDO) and by Tonilyn Lim, Industrial Development Officer (Energy and Climate Change Branch, UNIDO).

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(From left) Tonilyn Lim, Industrial Development Officer (Energy and Climate Change Branch, UNIDO), Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General (ICPE), Jacek Cukrowski, Chief (Institute for Capacity Development, UNIDO) and Tomaž Rogelj, Executive Manager (ICPE)

Janez Podobnik presented the past and current activities implemented by ICPE focusing on the ICPE's long-term cooperation with the United Nations Organization in general and UNIDO in particular, as well as on the ICPE's interest in addressing the issues of sustainable development.

Jacek Cukrowski shortly described the mission of the Institute for Capacity Development – as one of the key organizers of the course – which focuses on sustainable industrial development by promoting extended capacity building through knowledge sharing; training and education; joint research; policy dialogue and strategic networking and partnership.

Tonilyn Lim offered and detailed overview of the goals as well as contents of the 9-day course by explaining the rationales of the course design and particular structure that tackles the main global energy challenges and opportunities and the nexus between energy and climate change, giving the opportunity to understand energy issues from a multidimensional point of view, concentrating on best practice cases in energy policy, technology availability and effective financing options.

The session ended with the introduction of the 25 course participants. 

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