UNCRD contribution to the Circular Material Conference 2021, 21-22 April 2021 - 23 Apr 2021
UNCRD delivered a presentation at the Circular Material Conference 2021, 21-22 April 2021, which was co-organized by Nordic Publishing, Competence Centre of Recycling (CCR), RE: Source, Chalmers University of Technology and various partners, Recipe, El-Kretsen, Tailor-Made Responsibility, RISE, UNCRD, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and among others. The Circular Materials Conference 2021 aimed to explore various circular economy solutions, novel business models and visions of a world where wastage of materials and resources are prevented. The new partnerships and technologies that can speed up the transition while bringing about a more caring and truly sustainable economy for all. The conference was a hybrid event with the addition of a number of digital components to the traditional live event in order to offer the participants and exhibitors benefits in this new context. About 200 participants from 10 countries comprising of academia, NGOs, national and local government officers, private sectors, UN and international organizers and donor agencies took part in the Conference. Among other dignitaries, Prof. Arni Halldorsson from Chalmers University of Technology addressed the integrated and cross-disciplinary vision of circularity in his opening remark in the conference. UNCRD delivered a presentation on "An Asian perspective on Plastics Recycling and Utilization of Circular Economy". UNCRD remarked that there is an urgent need to identify the economical ways and business models to treat plastics waste with municipal, regional, national, and global cooperation. UNCRD also showcased the outcome of Regional 3R and Circular Economy Forum in Asia and the Pacific, particularly 'Bangkok 3R Declaration Towards Prevention of Plastic Waste Pollution through 3R and Circular Economy' which was focused on developing effective 3R policies and programmes, promoting multilayer collaboration and attaching significance of 3R and circular economy. UNCRD emphasized on strategies for plastic waste management during post covid-19 recovery, such as prioritizing sustainable packing, plastic circular economy and use of artificial intelligence (AI) as an enabler of circular economy. UNCRD underscored multiple benefits of plastic recycling and utilization of 3R and circular economic development approaches towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 14 (Life Below Water), among others.

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