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Roundtable 2: From waste to wealth - World Cities…

Roundtable 2: From waste to wealth - World Cities Day 2023
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01:16:41
Summary
On 31 October 2023, the Global Observance of World Cities Day, under the theme Financing sustainable urban future for all, will explore how we can unlock transformative investment in urban planning and achieve adequate fiscal decentralization.
Description

Building On World Cities Day 2023, building on the global attention on the transition to a circular economy, a roundtable on "Waste to Wealth" will discuss the strategies national and local governments can adopt to move towards a circular economy through sustainable operational finance to unlock investments and bring decent job in the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) value chain and shift towards a circular economy. The roundtable will also explore how cities can collaborate with industries to promote circularity and zero waste in the built environment, while simultaneously ensuring that people who depend on the waste value chain for their livelihoods, particularly vulnerable groups such as waste workers, benefit from the transition. It will also discuss how cities can leverage the "value of urbanization" in bridging the financing gap and adopting innovative financing models in collaboration with the private sector and communities to finance capital and operational expenditures to improve solid waste management and to promote a circular economy. UN-Habitat, through its Waste Wise Cities and African Clean Cities Platform programmes, is increasingly working with national and local governments to develop business models and facilitate financial investments to shift towards circular and zero-waste economies. 

Programme:

  • Moderator: Mr. Andre Dzikus, Chief of Urban Basic Services, UN-Habitat

Panelists:

1. Mr. Muhammad Yunus, – Yunus Environment Hub and member of the United Nations Secretary

General's Advisory Board on Zero Waste

2. Mr. Ibrahim Yumakli – Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Türkiye

3. Mr. Murat Kurum - Head of the Environment Committee, Government of Türkiye

4. Ms. Catalina Velasco, Minister of Housing, City and Territory of Colombia

5. Ms. Hakima El Haite - Climate scientist, entrepreneur and politician and member of the United Nations

Secretary General's Advisory Board on Zero Waste

6. Mr. José Manuel Moller – CEO Algramo and Vice chair of the United Nations Secretary General's

Advisory Board on Zero Waste

7. Ms. Lara van Druten – CEO, Waste Transformers and member of the United Nations Secretary

General's Advisory Board on Zero Waste

8. Ms. Heidi Solba – President and Head of Global Network, Let's Do It World

9. Mr. Valentin Lavaill - Senior Project Manager, Middle East, Roland Berger Middle East, and member of

the Waste to Zero, United Arab Emirates.