Accelerating Circular Economy and Carbon Neutrality for ISID and a Green Recovery

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  • Over time, circular economy has gained traction among a broad range of stakeholders. Circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear economic model where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, maximum value is extracted from them, and waste is relocated from the end of the supply chain to the beginning, giving the used materials a new life. The concept is also indispensable for the global action on climate change. In fact, actions related to circular economy and climate change are seen as complementary and mutually reinforcing.

    Encouragement and incentives by Governments worldwide to adopt circular economy principles, leading to higher resource efficiency and a reduction of industrial waste, are therefore of utmost importance. At the global level, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by United Nations Member States in 2015, incorporate many related ambitions such as those covered by SDG 9 “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure”, SDG 12 “Responsible Consumption and Production”, and SDG 13 “Climate Action.”

    UNIDO, together with its Member States, is already working on addressing various circular economy building blocks in its initiatives. Some of its projects support resource efficient and cleaner manufacturing of products, others help develop safe, easy-to-recycle products with longer lifetimes, while a number of others deal with the recovery or safe disposal of resources at the end of a product's lifecycle. UNIDO also promotes industrial energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy for productive uses by optimizing energy systems, developing international energy management standards, and bringing sustainable energy solutions to industries.

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with unprecedented challenges, it also offers a unique opportunity to rethink the systems that underpin the economy. Expectations are high that countries build back better and accelerate global actions to achieve the SDGs and fully implement the Paris Agreement.  Coordinated actions are required among stakeholders to enable a fundamental paradigm shift towards more inclusive, resilient, and low-carbon circular economies.

  • 29 June 2021; 10:00-11:45 (CEST)

  • The session aims to provide a deeper understanding of the relevance of circular economy and a carbon neutral industry and how they could be leveraged to achieve the SDGs in a greener recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The divergent lens of international organizations, national Governments, business and financial sectors will facilitate exchanges of views among stakeholders and identification of effective measures towards creating and operationalizing enabling environments for a fundamental paradigm shift, including through policies, new technologies, finances and partnerships.

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    • July 1 2021(Thursday) 

    10:30 am (CEST)    WEBINAR: Joining forces for industrial skills development


    • July 2 2021 (Friday)

    10:00 am (CEST)    WEBINAR: Investment and technology transfer under COVID-19

    11:30 am (CEST)   Closing Session



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  • Li Yong was Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 2013-2021. Before that he had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, Li was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritized fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and medium-sized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

    HIKIHARA Takeshi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations based in Vienna, is a career diplomat of Japan. He has rich experience in development cooperation as former Ambassador of Japan in Lao People's Democratic Republic (2015-2019), and was successful in expanding bilateral and B2B cooperation between t... Read More

  • Mr. Kai Bethke, born in Berlin (Germany), studied business administration and economics in Nuremberg and Berlin (Germany). He received his doctorate with a thesis on development- oriented finance and monetary policy in Latin America after the debt crisis of the 1980s. Throughout his career as an economic development expert, he has been contributing... Read More

  • SICARS Stephan

    Managing Director of the Directorate of Environment and Energy
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    After a year at the National Research Council Canada, he worked for, and then managed, the Research Centre for Refrigeration and Heat Pumps in Germany. Later, he headed his own consultancy undertaking research for international industries, NGOs and governments. He implemented projects in India and China, and was part of delegations to the Montreal ... Read More

    ONO Hiroshi

    Director-General, Global Environment Bureau
    Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

    Hiroshi ONO (Mr.) is Director General, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan. He was born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, and received Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. He has served at various offices in the Ministry including the Environmental Management Bureau as Directo... Read More

    Dr. Rose Mwebaza (PhD) is the Director of the CTCN and has over 20 years’ experience providing policy advice on a wide range of climate change, environment, and sustainable development issues. She has previously served as Chief Natural Resources Officer at the African Development Bank and held leadership positions within the UN Development Programm... Read More

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Japan Chemical Industry Association (May 2018~) Executive Director Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Apr. 2017-Mar.2018) Managing Executive Officer Deputy supervising Officer (Production, Technology, Purchasing and Logistics) General Manager, Production Technology Dept. MITSUBISHI RAYON CO.,LTD. (Apr... Read More

    CHIVERS Yoko

    Head of SDGs Finance, Capital Markets
    SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

    Yoko Chivers is a head of SDGs Finance Department of SMBC Nikko Securities in Tokyo, mainly promoting Green/Social/Sustainability bonds for Japanese issuers. SDGs finance Dep. was established September 2018. SMBC Nikko, a member of the SMBC Group, and is a member of the ICMA GBP/SBP. SMBC Nikko have been providing our institutional clients ... Read More

  • Tareq Emtairah is the Director of the Energy Department at UNIDO. His work experience spans over 22 years in developed and emerging economies with a progressive focus on sustainable industrial transformation, energy transition, policy advocacy, applied research and capacity development. Before joining UNIDO, he worked as a senior research fellow at... Read More