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Published January 3, 2018

Social, Environmental and Economic Benefits from Circular Economy in Developing Countries

How can circular economy approaches be used to address interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges faced by developing countries?

This plenary discussion will stress the challenges and opportunities for closing the significant Circular Economy gap between countries and regions by showcasing a wide range of options for adapting and scaling innovative Circular Economy approaches in various country contexts that can generate a wide range of positive social, economic and environmental benefits and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

16:30 Introduction by moderators Yukari Takamura and​ Peter Woodward 
The potential of the circular economy for the development of the South-East Asian countries​ see presentation
Hidetoshi Nishimura, President, ERIA
How the circular economy has supported China’s national development​ see presentation
Lu Dongsen, Director, the Division of Circular Economy Development, National Development and Reform Commission, the People’s Republic of China
Country examples​
Benin: Luc Gnacadja, Founder and President, GPS-Dev​ see presentation
Brazil: Izabella Teixeira, Co-chair, UNEP International Resource Panel see presentation
Indonesia: Novrizal Tahar, Director of Solid Waste Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Republic of Indonesia see presentation
South-Korea: Young-kee Lee, Director General of the Environmental Resources Research Department of the National Institute of Environmental Research of Korea​ see presentation
What can the Circular Economy do for countries in various development phases?​
Keith Alverson, Director, International Environmental Technology Centre, United Nations Environment Programme
Luc Gnacadja, Founder and President, GPS-Dev​
Novrizal Tahar​, Director of Solid Waste Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Republic of Indonesia
Izabella Teixeira, Co-chair, UNEP International Resource Panel
Young-keeLee, Director General of the Environmental Resources Research Department of the National Institute of Environmental Research of Korea​
18:00 Session ends

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