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UN Environment Assembly recognises the role of transition to a circular economy in addressing pollution

December 05, 2017

Today the UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision making body on the environment, will discuss the role of a circular economy in addressing pollution, the overarching theme of a conference being held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Role of the circular economy in the transition towards a pollution free planet’ is the first of three side events exploring how a circular economy can address resource constraints and generate economic opportunities for a pollution-free world, and will set a precedent for global action on production and consumption. 

European Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, Executive Director for UN Environment, Erik Solheim and Minister of Environmental Protection for the People’s Republic of China, Li Ganjie will open the session. The Foundation’s Executive Officer, Joss Blériot is among a panel of speakers including Edna Molewa - Minister of Environmental Affairs, Republic of South Africa, Marcelo Mena Carrasco - Minister of the Environment, Chile, Lorna Rutto - CEO and Founder, Ecopost and Kenya Harry Verhaar – Philips Head of Public and Government Affairs, Netherlands, who will discuss how to accelerate and scale up collaborative action and policies which redirect investment for a clean, efficient and circular economy. The session will be moderated by Co-chair of the International Resource Panel, Janez Potočnik with closing remarks from Siim Kiisler, Minister of Environment, Republic of Estonia.

Read Joss Blériot's Euractiv blog on tackling plastic pollution and banning oxo-degradable plastics here