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WCEF2018 Grand Opening

Circular Visions towards 2050


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The WCEF Grand Opening session sets the scene for the World Circular Economy Forum 2018. The session follows up on the previous year’s forum in Helsinki and adds a focus towards the year 2050. The Grand Opening also honours the WCEF2018 host country Japan. 

12.00 Welcome to WCEF2018
Mikko Kosonen, President, Sitra
Greeting from the Government of Japan and Finland
Yoshiaki Harada, Minister of the Environment, Japan
Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland
Welcome to Yokohama
Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor, City of Yokohama
WCEF High-level talks
Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, European Commission
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF
Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Izabella Teixeira, Co-chair, UNEP International Resource Panel
13:30 Session ends


Yukari Takamura and Peter Woodward

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