The 2nd World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF), taking place on 22-24 October 2018 in Yokohama, Japan, will consider the economic benefits and social equity of the circular economy, energy and climate solutions for a circular economy, global value chains and circular trade, as well as shared mobility and circular solutions for reducing marine plastic waste. WCEF2018 will bring together more than 1,000 key thinkers and doers from around the world.
In addition, WCEF2018 will discuss the experience of Japan in becoming a leading circular economy nation, and Japan’s best practices for bringing the private and public sectors together.
The WCEF2018 will examine what a circular economy might look like towards the year 2050, and what kind of action is required now for reaching those visions. Thematic topics that will be discussed at the forum include the opportunities of circular economy for developing regions, the roles of consumers and sustainable lifestyles for a circular economy, impact investments for the circular economy as well as issues such as future transportation and plastics.
The first World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2017) took place from 5-7 June 2017, in Helsinki, Finland. The meeting brought together the world’s leading experts and decision-makers circular economy field–a total of around 1,500 participants from over 100 countries. WCEF2017 was convened to show how the circular economy presents new and unprecedented opportunities to create wealth and support well-being, as well as to demonstrate that it is an essential engine for achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The World Circular Economy Forum is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to discuss how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, as well as how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a summary report from WCEF2018 in HTML and PDF.
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