Virtual Side Events of the 70th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

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Sustainable use of natural resources

The 70th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will take place in April 2023 in Geneva. The Commission, UNECE's highest decision-making body, will take stock of its work to promote a circular economy and the sustainable use of natural resources, among other issues.

In the run-up to the session, UNECE will host a series of virtual side events. These will take place on 3-5 April and look at specific aspects of the circular economy transition, including the role of policies and institutions, innovation and private sector engagement, value chains, digital solutions and networks.

3 April - Promoting the circular economy and the sustainable use of natural resources

  • This first day will explore thematic areas such as shaping policies for the circular economy, fostering circular solutions through innovation, accelerating decarbonisation and promoting circularity through transparency in value chains, and driving the green transition through the UNECE network, Circular STEP.

4 April - Digital and green transformations for sustainable development

  • The second day will delve into thematic areas such as leveraging digital solutions for the circular economy, digitalisation and sustainable management of critical raw materials, and UN standards and reference data models for the digital transformation of multi-modal supply chains.

5 April - Horizon-scanning: future of regulations in the pan-European region

  • The third day will analyse trends that are likely to impact the region in the next 25 years, exploring horizon-scanning and strategic foresight for the region in the age of the polycrisis, building future-ready competencies, and ways of developing 'future-proof' norms and conventions.

Registration for UNECE online side events for the 70th Commission session.