Global consultations on circular economy

Circular Economy

The General Conference, in its resolution GC.18/Res.7, requested the UNIDO to organize consultations on circular economy for experts from Member States with a view to facilitating exchanges on best practices, and emerging innovations and the promotion and adoption of circular economy principles and practices by industries of Member States.

The objective of the consultations on circular economy is to consider ways and means to promote circular economy principles and practices, in particular in developing countries, identify barriers and devise action-oriented solutions. This process will result in the development of policy and technical recommendations that will be submitted to the Industrial Development Board of UNIDO for consideration with a view to deciding on further action as appropriate.

The regional preparatory meetings for the global consultations, which were held virtually between 13 and 20 November 2020,  allowed representatives of Member States and other relevant stakeholders to present their initial views on the topic and to identify issues that will shape the discussion at the global consultations. For further information, please click here.

The global consultations on circular economy, held virtually from 10 to 12 May 2021, were co-chaired by Her Excellency Ms. Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of Austria, and Her Excellency Ms. Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica.
Across five sessions, more than 320 representatives from national governments, United Nations entities, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia deliberated on the importance of circular principles and solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and address the climate crisis, partnerships and initiatives to mobilize circular economy actors, policy frameworks and means of implementation to enable the transition to a circular economy.

A procedural report on the global consultations was submitted by the Director General of UNIDO to the forty-ninth session of the Industrial Development Board for consideration. As per the decision IDB.49/Dec.10, the Industrial Development Board agreed to further consider the outcome of the consultations on circular economy at the nineteenth session of the General Conference with a view to adopting a resolution on this matter.

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Global consultations on circular economy, 10 - 12 May 2021

Regional preparatory meetings, 13 - 20 November 2020