UNIDO at the World Circular Economy Forum

The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 (WCEF 2017), organized by the Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA), is taking place from 5-6 June 2017 in Helsinki. It will gather together the most recognized experts and decision makers in the field to share common solutions on how the concept of the circular economy can contribute to achieving the ambitious UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Coordinating the ambitions for economic growth and environmental protection is an important corner stone of UNIDO's agenda towards an inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The concept of a circular economy, which seeks to move away from the linear 'take, make, dispose' model of production into a closed loop of product lifecycles through greater recycling, re-use, design and innovation, represents a major switch in our economic and industrial production systems. UNIDO contributes to this goal, among others through the promotion of industrial resource efficiency.

During WCEF 2017, UNIDO will present several aspects of its EU-funded SwitchMed programme, which supports more circular production systems within its eight participating countries.

On 5 June, two small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the UNIDO-led MED TEST II project, will present their circular approach in the session “17 Circular SMEs Meet the 17 SDGs”, to display how their circular business models can contribute to advancing the SDGs.

On 6 June, the Director of UNIDO's Department of Environment, Stephan Sicars will help lead a session on “Supporting Growth of Circular SMEs” to discuss how to overcome the scale-up challenges of circular SMEs around the world. He will be joined by representatives from the European Commission's Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, and the Zero Waste Scotland.

All sessions from the WCEF 2017 will be livestreamed. More information about this can be found here.

Find out more about our work in circular economy here.