As the world looks for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sitra, the Finnish innovation fund, has joined forces with Canada and the Netherlands to host three high-level events to address the important role circularity plays in the economies of the future as well as in the fight against climate change and the nature crisis.

The aim is to showcase the tools and solutions countries need to build well-being and prosperity by hosting three events under the flagship of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) on the following dates:

  • WCEFonline on September 29 and 30, 2020
  • A WCEF event on April 15, 2021, in the Netherlands and online
  • WCEF2021 from September 13 to 15, 2021, in Toronto, Canada

The upcoming virtual event WCEFonline will showcase practical circular economy examples to help seize this unique opportunity to rebuild our economies stronger, greener, and better. Throughout six sessions, the event will enable the circular community from all over the world to participate in the discussions.

The sessions will provide different lenses through which business leaders and policymakers can assess the risks and opportunities associated with their resource dependence. Key topics will include: how the circular economy helps in building more resilient businesses, why sustainable finance is key, and what governments need to focus on now to scale up the circular economy.

The event will include keynotes from the following leaders:

  • Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme;
  • Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission;
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change;
  • Stientje van Veldhoven, the Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands; and,
  • Jyrki Katainen, president of Sitra.
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“The work to advance the circular economy must continue, and Canada is looking forward to hosting the World Circular Economy Forum in 2021,” said Minister Wilkinson. “We will assemble the world’s leading thinkers and innovators on the circular economy to take an in-depth look at opportunities in the North American and global context. This event will showcase the sustainable pathways needed to advance the transition to the circular economy around the world.

Environment Journal is planning to provide coverage of these events.

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