Helping boost the transition towards a circular economy in Latin America

Helping boost the transition towards a circular economy in Latin America

MONTEVIDEO, 31 August 2017 – The first ever Forum on Circular Economy for Latin America will take place from 7–8 September in Montevideo, Uruguay, to inspire and drive the transition towards circular economy in the country and the region.

The Forum is jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Uruguay’s ministries of Industry, Energy and Mines; Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries; and Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment. It is organized as part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded Biovalor project implemented in Uruguay by UNIDO since 2014, and is co-sponsored by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

The event will offer knowledge and concrete tools to understand the circular production model – a model that is restorative and regenerative by design as opposed to the traditional linear ´take-make-dispose´ approach. It will also inspire the transition to circular economy by showcasing its impacts and challenges through real cases from around the world. It will further contribute to creating a community of people, organizations, companies and entrepreneurs who will drive the transition through redesigning processes, products and business models. It will help develop partnerships between national and international actors.

“The Circular Economy underlines the paradigm of growth from within – a growth that relies on the adoption of biological and technological back loop cycles to adding value while reducing the impact on resources and the environment,” said UNIDO Country Representative in Uruguay Manuel Albaladejo, who will be speaking at the Forum.

Also participating in the event, the Director of UNIDO's Department of Environment, Stephan Sicars, added that “the Organization is already addressing some building blocks of the circular economy in the region through technical cooperation projects on resource and energy efficiency, cleaner production and waste management.”

The Forum, to be attended by more than 300 participants, will also explore how the transition towards circular economy can help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.


Find out more about the event here.

Take a look at UNIDO’s new publication on circular economy here.


For more information, please contact:

Manuel Albaladejo

UNIDO Representative for Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay