The WCEF2018 opening was accompanied by the beats of traditional drummers of Fukushima, Japan
The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) will convene in Helsinki, Finland, from 3-4 June 2019. As a global initiative of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the WCEF will welcome more than 2,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts to address the next era of the circular economy to transform “the best kept secret” solutions into global impact.
With 17 plenary and parallel sessions, panelists will highlight the need for the circular economy to become fairer and more inclusive, while supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Discussions will target:
methods for growing investments into circular economy business;
ways to spread and adopt new technologies; and
tools for making significant regulatory changes that enable scaling up the circular economy.
The WCEF will complement the outcomes from the first and second Forums, which took place in Helsinki, Finland, and Yokohama, Japan, respectively, and where circular economy experts discussed the needs for reaching a truly circular economy by 2050.
The WCEF2019 receives the support of the European Investment Bank, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, Ministry of the Environment of Finland, Nordic Innovation, and partners Climate-KIC, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation, UN Environment, and the World Bank.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web updates from WCEF2019. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary report from the meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF.
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