The PAGE and UN partners side event at the COP27, on November 9, discussed how circular economy principles and practices can serve as a catalyst to promoting human well-being, preserving nature, cutting pollution, and making economies more competitive. By bringing together representatives of governments, UN agencies, private sector, think tanks and youth, the event explored the enabling factors for accelerating the global shift towards circular economy, within the context of just, inclusive, and sustainable development.
“We really also need to look not only at how we power the system […] but also how we run the system, so how we produce and how we consume. […] we need to think to move from a linear system where we take, make and waste to a circular system” said Miranda Schnitger, Climate Lead at the MacArthur Foundation who moderated the session.
The discussion included Mr Gerd Mueller, Director General UNIDO; the H.E. Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Minister for Environment, Republic of Rwanda; HRH. Ms. Mashael bint Saud AlShalan, Co-Founder, Aeon Collective, Kingdom Saudi Arabia; Dr. Medrilzam, Director of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia; Mr. Xuan Zihan, YOUNGO Cities and Green Jobs Working Groups representative and Mr. Robert Marinkovic, Adviser, Climate Change, IOE. Ms Miranda Schnitger, Climate Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation acted as the moderator.