World Circular Economy Forum + Climate Action Statement

On 15 and 16 April 2021, participants representing governments, international organisations, the private sector, knowledge institutions, and civil society convened for the virtual World Circular Economy Forum + Climate (WCEF+Climate) hosted by the Netherlands and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

Discussions highlighted how a just transition to a circular economy contributes significantly to combating and mitigating climate change and achieving climate neutrality; halting and reversing biodiversity loss and pollution; and creating enabling conditions for business and decent jobs.

Participants welcomed the launch of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) and its aim to advocate for a global just transition to a resource-efficient and circular economy together with its strategic partners such as the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF), the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), and regional stakeholder platforms such as the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP).

In line with the outcomes, as well as other relevant input from discussions at WCEF+Climate, participants presented 50 key commitments. They also called on the WCEF+Climate organisers to transfer the main outcomes and key actions to relevant organisations, and to embed these in upcoming events and processes.

For more information, see the WCEF+Climate Action Statement.