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Circular Economy

The circular economy is a new and inclusive economic paradigm, that aims to minimize pollution and waste, extend product lifecycles and enable broad sharing of physical and natural assets. It strives for a competitive economy that creates green and decent jobs and keeps resource use within planetary boundaries. Recognizing the role of circularity in promoting sustainability, UNECE’s member States have decided that the 69th Commission session of UNECE will be held under the following thematic focus: “Promoting circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources in the UNECE region”.

The Economic Cooperation and Trade Division (ECTD) of the UNECE identified five entry points in promoting circularity in the UNECE region: (i) waste management and reduction; (ii) sustainable procurement; (iii) traceability of value chains; (iv) standards and regulatory frameworks and (v) efficiency of trade and logistics chains. With the aim to promote a policy dialogue on circularity, the ECTD co-organized and participated in the webinars below:

On 8 December 2020, the UNECE will organize a webinar entitled “Circular Economy Opportunities: Perspectives of Transition Economies” from 12:00 to 13:30 (CET), as a side event to the World Circular Economy Forum Online. This webinar will explore the opportunities and challenges relating to circularity in transition economies.  The webinar will bring together speakers from three of UNECE’s 17 programme countries (Georgia, Kazakhstan and Serbia) and experts from think tanks, to explore different perspectives on various angles of circularity.