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CirculariTV – Opening Day 1 – WCEF+Climate: Setting the Scene

The lead-up to the global opening of WCEF+Climate. We will look ahead to the sessions on the first day of the WCEF+Climate. The session will also look back at the series of pre-events on the road to the WCEF+Climate, including the African Circular Economy Alliance’s first annual meeting that will take place on the morning of 15 April.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > CirculariTV – Setting the Scene (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/circtv1)

Global Opening – A Circular Economy by 2050: A Necessity for Climate Neutrality

The Global Opening of the WCEF+Climate will kick-off the event with key leaders from around the world. After the opening spectacle introducing the circular drumbeat that will guide us through the conference and beyond, two distinguished panels will discuss the critical role the circular economy plays in our fight against climate change and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. With this session, we will jumpstart the international drumbeat for a just transition to a low-carbon, circular economy – a necessity for climate neutrality.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > Global Opening WCEF+Climate (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/global-opening)

CirculariTV – Circular Cities: Financing for a Just Circular Transition

In this session of CirculariTV, we will discuss the role of finance in ensuring a just transition to a circular economy from the perspective of cities. What benefits do cities experience from the transition to circular practices? What barriers could they face along the way and how could they overcome them?

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > CirculariTV – Circular Cities (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/circtv2)

Why do Materials Matter for Global Climate Action?

The session will explore the scientific knowledge base on the relevance of materials, resource efficiency and circularity for achieving global climate goals. It will introduce the work of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, and the findings of its latest report, Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future. The session will also explore ways in which recommendations from the report are being implemented, in policies and private sector practice.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > Why do Materials Matter for Global Climate Action? (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/climate-action)

Globalising the Circular Economy Dialogue

High-level interactive session about accelerating the Circular Economy by intensifying cooperation between countries and regions on CE policies, knowledge and projects. This session puts particular emphasis on cooperation between Africa, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > Globalising the Circular Economy Dialogue (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/dialogue)

CirculariTV – Circular Entertainment

In this session of CirculariTV, the makers of the Brazilian documentary ‘Future Proof Present’ will talk about how we can trigger positive change in the circular economy by using entertainment forms like documentaries. What can countries with great differences learn from each other? Tune in to get access to the full documentary!

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > CirculariTV – Circular Entertainment (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/circtv3)

Let’s Act: Integrating Decent Work in Effective Collection and Recycling of End-of-Use Plastics

This session will explore solutions for effectively collecting end-of-use plastics for recycling, while advancing decent jobs and retaining value in the local value chain. The session will set the scene in Latin America, with reflections from other regions.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > Integrating Decent Work in Collecting and Recycling End-of-Use Plastics (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/plastics)

Circular Economy: Crucial in Achieving the SDGs?

In this session, representatives from governments, international organisations and businesses will discuss why a circular economy is imperative for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the Decade of Action. The session will also focus on the economic potential of this transition and zoom-in on concrete circular business cases which have been introduced by Footprints Africa and the African Circular Economy Network.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > Circular Economy: Crucial in Achieving the SDGs? (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/sdgs)

CirculariTV – Food for Thought

How do you cook a sustainable, local and circular dish in Ghana and the Netherlands? Two chefs from these countries will exchange views while preparing their dishes. Chefs Ben Asami of Tatale Vegan Restaurant in Accra and 222 Vegan Cuisine in London, and Tahir Pietersz of Just Rotterdam will share their views on how they incorporate sustainability and circularity in their restaurants, while co-creating a sustainable dish via video connection.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > CirculariTV – Food for Thought (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/circtv4)

Let’s Talk about Money: The Role of a Circular Economy in the Climate-Finance Nexus

This session discusses the crucial role of public & private financial institutions in steering investments in the circular economy to lower costs, deliver added value in business and to reduce climate and socio-economic risks. Ultimate goal is to create impact, use the session as a stepping-stone towards COP26, engaging public & private financial institutions worldwide, inciting a broad movement in finance towards new circular and climate neutral defaults in financing/investment practices.

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > The Role of a Circular Economy in the Climate-Finance Nexus (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/money)

Let’s Go Circular: Closing the Loop from a Business Perspective

At the end of the first day of WCEF+Climate, leaders from the public and private sector will show how they incorporate circularity into their companies’ or organisations’ strategies. What do they consider as the added value of circular applications? Together they will look back at the first WCEF+Climate day and discuss the integration of a circular economy in organisational and business strategies. And we will also look ahead: what can we expect from WCEF+Climate day 2?

See also: Programme > Day 1 sessions > Closing Day 1 – Let’s Go Circular: Closing the Loop from a Business Perspective (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-1-sessions/closing-day-1)

CirculariTV – Opening Day 2: The Road to SucCEss

The first CirculariTV session on day 2 of WCEF+Climate will look back at day 1 and explore the perspectives of the youth on a circular economy. Youth from across the globe will join in the discussion to set out their views on a just circular transition in the face of a changing climate, and how their voices can be incorporated in the circular debate post-WCEF+Climate.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > CirculariTV – Opening Day 2 (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/circtv5)

Kick-off Day 2: Connecting Future Generations

The opening session of day 2 of WCEF+Climate is dedicated to youth. In this session, kicked-off with a Circular Fashion Show, youth representatives and young entrepreneurs will take the floor to share their ideas on what they think a circular economy should look like. In discussion with Stientje van Veldhoven, the Dutch Minister for the Environment, we will discuss how this could be reflected in national climate policies.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > Kick-off Day 2 – Connecting Future Generations (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/opening-day-2)

CirculariTV – Circular Entrepreneurs

This session connects entrepreneurs from Ghana, Uganda and the Netherlands to discuss their application of circular solutions in business models. How do you successfully scale up a circular enterprise? How do you engage with your community on circularity? What do you need from your government in order to successfully run a circular business? Three entrepreneurs will discuss these and other questions in a dynamic dialogue, sharing their experiences on circularity in practice.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > CirculariTV – Circular Entrepreneurs (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/circtv6)

Let’s Act: Integrating Decent Work in Effective Collection and Recycling of End-of-Use Electronics

This session will explore solutions for effective collection of end-of-use electronics and getting them to sorting, dismantling or recycling facilities with high environmental and safety standards in order to safeguard human health, reduce pollution, create decent jobs and retain value in the local value chain. The session will set the scene in Africa, with reflections from other regions.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > Integrating Decent Work in Collecting and Recycling End-of-Use Electronics (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/electronics)

Realising our Climate Ambitions: Circular Economy in National Climate Plans

The circular economy is a key instrument to enhance and implement national climate plans, thereby achieving our shared climate ambitions. How can countries and communities best integrate circular economy in these climate strategies? This session focuses on the mitigation potential and development opportunities of the circular transition. Our panel will share their insights on how countries can use circular economy to develop along a sustainable and Paris-proof pathway.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > Circular Economy in National Climate Plans (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/climate-ambitions)

Measuring What matters – Making Circular Progress Tangible

Are we progressing towards circular economy and its benefits? This crucial question is gaining interest as more governments and businesses include circular economy in their vision, goals and strategies. However, translating these aspirations into tangible and measurable indicators remains a struggle. In this session speakers will demonstrate how metrics can drive circularity forward, concluding with the key next steps users and developers of CE metrics must take together to measure what matters.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > Measuring What Matters: Making Circular Progress Tangible (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/measuring)

Sparking Collaborative Circular Industry Innovation

Globally, 70% of emissions are linked to material handling/use, with extraction predicted to almost double by 2060. Circular measures could help reduce sectoral emissions up to 40% by 2050. How can we jumpstart the collaboration between supply and demand side stakeholders along the value chain to move from insights to concrete action? Join us for this session exploring partnerships and policy enablers to accelerate innovative business models and strategies for circular industry transformation.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > Sparking Collaborative Circular Industry Innovation (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/innovation)

CirculariTV – Keep the Drumbeat Going for CE

In this last CirculariTV session, Dutch Minister for the Environment Stientje van Veldhoven will reflect on her experiences at WCEF+Climate. What are the main takeaways of WCEF+Climate for the Minister? What are her ideas regarding the road after WCEF+Climate? And what is her personal motivation to work on the just transition towards a circular economy? This session will get us warmed up for the global closing that will take place immediately after!

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > CirculariTV – Keep the Drumbeat for CE (https://www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/circtv7)

Global Closing WCEF+Climate – The Circle Continues

During the Global Closing WCEF+Climate: The Circle Continues we will be looking back and looking forward. Our hosts will be joined by high level guests to reflect on the highlights of the conference. We will zoom in on the concrete commitments proposed in the WCEF+Climate Action Statement and discuss crucial next steps to be taken by governments, businesses and organisations. Lastly, we will be passing the baton to Canada, host of WCEF2021, in a spectacular way.

See also: Programme > Day 2 sessions > Global Closing WCEF+Climate – The Circle Continues (www.wcefplusclimate.com/programme/day-2-sessions/global-closing)

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