Making the circular transition work for a transformative and prosperous post-COVID recovery

12 JULY 2021

Making the circular transition work for a transformative and prosperous post-COVID recovery

Side event during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

12 July 2021 13:30 - 15:00
Virtual meeting, Geneva, Switzerland

The post-COVID recovery offers an opportunity to reverse unsustainable economic trends and build back better, to promote sustainable consumption and production as laid out in SDG 12 and transition to a circular, more resilient and low-carbon economy. This session brings together thought leaders from government, business, campaign groups and international organizations to explore the opportunities for action in a 90 min debate and discussion session.

Panel - Key questions
• How can the COVID-19 pandemic be transformed into a catalyst for change? What faults and opportunities did the pandemic expose in the existing system?
• How can countries, businesses and consumers contribute to an accelerated shift towards more circular and resilient economic models? What role can the United Nations play?
• What changes would you like to see by the end of this decade of action? What are the key opportunities for action?

This side-event is organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF).

Moderators and speakers
Opening: Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, UNECE
Welcome remarks: H.E. Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Ambassador, Permanent Representative Austria, Chair of the Economic Commission for Europe
Moderators: and Mr. Charles Arden-Clarke, Head 10YFP Secretariat, UNEP and Ms. Elisabeth Tuerk, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE
Keynote speaker: Mr. Joss Blériot, Executive Lead, Institutions, Governments and Cities, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Speakers and Discussants: member States, sharing policy perspectives and good practices:
France, Mr. Sylvain Chevassus, Ministry of Ecological Transition
Switzerland, Ms. Martine Rohn-Brossard, Deputy-Head, International Affairs Division, Swiss Federal Office for Environment, One Planet Network (10YFP)
Uzbekistan, Mr. Ilkhom Khaydarov, Chairman, UzTextileProm, (VNR in 2020) (tbc)
Unilever, Mr. Florian Vernay, Director, Home Care Division, Global Communications and Sustainability

On-line registration is open now.

Useful links:
Side event webpage on the HLPF website

Go to UNECE website

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