UNCRD contribution to the integrated event-7th ISIE-AP7 and15th APRSCP, from 20 April to 11 May 2021 (every Tuesday) - 12 May 2021
UNCRD participated as a panelist in series of webisodes of the 7th International Society for Industrial Ecology Asia Pacific Conference (7th ISIE-AP7) and 15th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (15th APRSCP) from 20 April to 11 May 2021 (every Tuesday). The series of webisodes were co-organized by the Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) and supported by ACSDSD, GIZ, ERIA, EU SWITCH Asia, Future Earth, IGES, UN ESCAP, UNCRD-DSDG/UN DESA, UNEP, UNIDO among others. The integrated event of the 7th ISIE-AP7 and 15th APRSCP which was a unique combination and rare opportunity for science-policy interface in Asia Pacific region concerning sustainability, aimed to explore various opportunities for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and green recovery during the post-pandemic recovery. Furthermore, it discussed about the mainstreaming of SCP in regional and national policies, and possible policy instruments for upstream circular economy in Asia-Pacific countries. Adopting SCP in this new normal age of digital reliance and post-pandemic recovery were also discussed. About 300 participants from 20 different countries comprising of academia, NGOs, national and local government officers, private sectors, UN and international organizers and donor agencies took part in the series of webisodes of this event. This event was also broadcast live on YouTube. Among others, UNCRD remarked that maintaining the value and extending the life of a product helps to reduce the amount of use of raw material and cut the industrial waste by 80 to 90 percent and reduce the greenhouse gas emission by 80 percent in some sectors. The smart product design holds a key to erasing waste and creating a more opportunities for circular economy. UNCRD underlined that this COVID-19 pandemic has taught the international community that the adaptability to new normal and resilience is indispensable. UNCRD emphasized the post-pandemic recovery, the micro, small and medium enterprises' (MSMEs) immediate need to restore their liquidity by re-arranging the focus within the industry and create new innovations and smart products through circular economy approach. UNCRD highlighted that the new innovative ideas should focus on three main pillars- social, economic and environmental which would help recover from the impact of pandemic. UNCRD underscored the circular economy approach is not only providing an important basis in achieving SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) but also synergies in combined effort in SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), and SDG 13 (Climate Action) and among others.

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