Purpose of the webinar
The side event is organised in the context of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. It will look into practical ways to accelerate a just transition to a circular and carbon neutral economy in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while engaging all sectors of the economy and society.
The event will feature initiatives at European, national, regional and local levels harnessing the transformative power of circularity to:
- decarbonise the economy,
- engage communities,
- promoting wellbeing and prosperity for all.
The webinar will discuss how these initiatives can help rebuild the economy on these foundations after the COVID-19 crisis.
The world is facing a climate emergency causing unprecedented economic, social and environmental challenges. Ambitious policy and action are necessary at all levels to accelerate a just transition to a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind. This is particularly relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exposed the fragility of the current system.
The side event will focus on circular economy as a practical mean to achieve climate and sustainability targets on the ground. Shifting from a "take-make-waste" extractive economy to a circular, regenerative economy would increase resource efficiency and reduce GHG emissions causing climate change.
Such a shift allows meeting other equally important goals such as :
- creating more sustainable cities,
- distributing value more fairly in the economy
- spurring innovation.
After the COVID-19 crisis, the implementation of circular economy can actually help to :
- rebuild markets that have collapsed,
- set the foundations for a wellbeing economy in the face of a global recession and increased debt,
- reduce dependency on over stretched supply chains.
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