Side event of the STI Forum 2022 on Green Hydrogen Windows of Opportunity for Developing Countries

04 May 2022
15:00 - 16:30 hrs. (CET); 9:00-10:30 (EDT)
, United States of America

To achieve the SDGs, the world should transition towards a more sustainable economy based on (i) decarbonization across sectors of the economy; (ii) greater reliance on renewable energy; and (iii) sustainable production, consumption, packaging, and waste disposal.  These transitions could provide developing countries with green windows of opportunity (GWO) for technological catch up and leapfrogging, economic diversification, and sustainable and inclusive growth.

UNCTAD will discuss these issues in depth in its next Technology and Innovation Report.  As part of a pre-publication consultation process, UNCTAD, in collaboration with the Global Solutions Summit (GSS), plans to convene a series of workshops, each one devoted to a specific GWO. The side event at the 2022 STI Forum was the first in this series and focused on green hydrogen programs.

This side event highlighted policies and programs that will enable countries to exploit a specific green window of opportunity on green hydrogen, so that participants will have a clearer understanding of the wide range of issues that should be considered to develop GWO roadmaps tailored to each countries unique circumstances. 



  • Ms. Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Alfred Watkins, Founder and CEO of the Global Solutions Summit and a member of the Governing Council of the UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries

Presentation: Green windows of opportunities, Mr. Rasmus Lema, Associate Professor, UNU-MERIT, co-editor in chief of the journal Innovation and Development and vice-chairman of the Globelics Scientific Board

Moderator: Mr. Clovis Freire, Economist, Science, Technology and ICT Branch, DTL, UNCTAD


  • Mr. Tilman Altenburg, Head of the Department “Sustainable Economic and Social Development” at the German Development Institute (DIE)
  • Mr. Mbangiseni Mabudafhasi, Deputy Director, Power, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
  • Mr. Constantino Frate, Coordinator of Green Hydrogen Hub and Public Policies Development, Secretariat of Economic Development and Labor, Government of Ceará, Brazil
  • Ms. Winnie Huynh, Founder and CEO of The Green Solutions Group, Viet Nam


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Clovis Freire
Science, Technology and ICT Branch
Division on Technology and Logistics