WCEF+Climate 2021 is hosted by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

Several sessions at the WCEF+Climate will be co-hosted with other knowledge partners and organisations to highlight the role of the circular economy in combatting climate change and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.


Sitra is a future fund that collaborates with partners from different sectors to research, trial and implement bold new ideas that shape the future. Our aim is a Finland that succeeds as a pioneer in sustainable well-being. We are an accountable and independent future-oriented fund that is influential nationally and internationally and acts as a think tank, promoter of experiments and operating models, and a catalyst for co-operation. In being accountable to Finnish Parliament, our future-oriented work is funded with the returns on investments based on our endowment capital.

Building a successful Finland for tomorrow is both our mission and our statutory mandate. Our vision is that Finland will prosper by building a fair, sustainable and inspiring future that ensures people’s well-being within the limits of the earth’s carrying capacity.

Sitra’s work focuses on three themes: finding solutions to the ecological sustainability crisis; promoting a fair data economy; and strengthening democracy and engagement. The renewal of the economy aiming at sustainability and competitiveness is closely linked with all our operations. Our future-oriented work is based on foresight and societal training that both aim at increasing future knowledge, future-oriented thinking, society’s capacity for change, and co-operation.

Change needs all of us. Join us and engage in collaboration.

World Circular Economy Forum

The World Circular Economy Forum is Finland’s and Sitra’s global initiative. The first WCEF was held in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2017 and had 1,600 participants from nearly 100 countries. This April, the Netherlands and Sitra will co-host the first WCEF+Climate event in the run-up to the WCEF2021 in Toronto, Canada, in September 2021.

The Netherlands

In its national climate agreement, the Netherlands committed to halving its CO2 emissions by 2030. The Netherlands will also take additional measures to meet increased EU targets in line with the European Green Deal. Circularity is an important cornerstone in the Dutch climate plan. The Netherlands strives to reduce its raw material consumption by 50% by 2030, and to become fully circular by 2050. The Netherlands is one of the board members of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) that aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by bringing together leaders across continents and sectors.

“The Netherlands is very much looking forward to hosting the high-level WCEF+Climate meeting on 15-16 April 2021. There is no doubt that the transition to a circular economy is crucial in reaching our climate goals. We need to recognise the large and cost-effective contribution that the circular economy can make in building a more sustainable society, especially in the post-COVID-19 world.”
– Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands, Stientje van Veldhoven.