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1st Meeting, 69th Session of UNECE
20 Apr 2021 -  69th Session of the Commission Promoting Circular Economy and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in the UNICE Region

Agenda Item 1: Opening and adoption of the agenda
-H.E. Mr. Yury Ambrazevich, Chair of the Commission
-Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE
-Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, UNOG

HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT: Promoting circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe

Agenda Item 2: High-level dialogue Keynote addresses
-Mr. Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President, European Commission
-Mr. Dominic Waughray, Managing Director for International Global Goods, World Economic Forum
-Ms. Odile Renaud-Basso, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Interventions by Heads of delegation
World Circular Economy Forum + Climate Forum 2021: a readout by H.E. Ms. Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment (The Netherlands) and host of the WCEF + Climate Forum
Presentation by the Executive Secretary

Remarks by the Executive Secretary The UNECE region leads the world in producing, value-adding and transforming its natural resources for socio-economic consumption. However, these resources are often finite. Their production and consumption require enormous energy and other resource inputs, and lead to environmental degradation and increased vulnerability to climate change – effects that are compounded on the region’s increasingly urbanized populations. Transitioning to a more circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources is crucial for achieving the SDGs.

The 69th session of the UNECE will gather ministers and deputy ministers from the region and provide countries with an opportunity to:
- Exchange experiences on transitioning to a more circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources
- Identify gaps and ways to address them
- Share their success stories via dedicated webinars and exhibits
- Submit voluntary commitments related to the theme of the session to accelerate progress in the region