World Circular Economy Forum 2023

World Circular Economy Forum 2023

Finland will host the world’s leading circular economy event, WCEF2023 from 30 May to 2 June, co-organised by Nordic Innovation and Sitra, with partners from around the world.

Updated the list of partners on 18 April.

Hosted in Messukeskus, Helsinki, the World Circular Economy Forum 2023 will provide a unique opportunity to create momentum for a nature-positive future. The Forum will present a focused agenda and harness our collective energies on accelerating the needed transition over the coming years, showcasing global change makers and building the capacity to collaborate. WCEF2023 will mark the seventh iteration of the annual Forum and occurs at a pivotal moment for economies, societies and our planet.

We already know why the circular economy is a must, but the world needs examples. WCEF2023 will focus on the how, inviting especially businesses, financiers and youth to pinpoint the potential and bottlenecks of advancing circular solutions. The Forum will facilitate conversations and create a wider understanding on how the circular economy allows us to tackle some of the complex root causes of resource overconsumption, pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss all at once.

To enable participation from around the world, WCEF2023 will be live-streamed online, open to all and free of charge. Attendance in person is by invitation only.

Programme – Circular solutions for nature and the economy

The main programme on 30–31 May will consist of 4 Plenary Sessions and 16 Parallel Sessions. The plenaries will explore cross-cutting themes for a diverse, global audience. They explain circularity’s role for the well-being of nature and the economy, youth’s role in the transition, circularity in financial markets, and future trends for a regenerative and resilient economy.

The parallel sessions will bring the themes to life by sharing inspiring and scalable examples of the circular economy. These sessions will cover a variety of topics, such as: finance, accounting and metrics, everyday life and health, future skills, regenerative agriculture and forestry, finite materials and energy, mining, trade, strategies and road maps, fashion and textiles, food, construction and the built environment, plastics and packaging, electronics, and hydrogen.

In addition, the participants will have access to networking and expo areas as well as a mobile app throughout the Forum. The expo is a curated space for Forum attendees to engage with innovative and inspiring circular economy solutions demonstrated by leading organisations and businesses from around the world.

Accelerator Sessions organised by WCEF2023 partners will occur on 1-2 June. These sessions bridge the Forum’s themes with the daily work needed for a circular transition by focusing on the implementation of existing action agendas. They will be outcome-oriented and pose an opportunity for deeper audience engagement.

Have a look at the programme structure and read more on the event website.

Side Events

WCEF2023 is supported by Side Events which can be organised by anyone, online or in person. These independent events can be held anytime throughout the year, but their timing cannot overlap with the main Forum on 30–31 May or the Accelerator Sessions on 1–2 June. Sitra approves Side Event applications on a rolling basis, and the organisers are responsible for all practicalities and expenses.


WCEF2023 is co-hosted by Nordic Innovation and Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, with international partners.

The partners (funding partners in bold) include Aalto University, ASEAN Youth Organization, Circle Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, European Forest Institute, European Environment Agency, European Investment Bank, Generation Climate Europe, Geological Survey of Finland, the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Green Building Council Finland, Government of the NetherlandsGovernment of Finland, Hydrogen Cluster Finland, Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, ReGeneration 2030, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum.


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The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) is a global initiative of Finland and Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. WCEF creates a new economy, businesses and jobs, by leveraging circular solutions to solve the planetary crises. The Forum is one of the world’s leading events on the circular economy.

WCEF brings together leaders from business, government, academia and civil society to discuss global issues and to enact circular solutions to the challenges facing the world. It provides a platform for sharing knowledge and expertise, building networks and partnerships, and advancing the transition to a circular economy. The Forum, held since 2017, has previously been hosted in Africa (Rwanda), Asia (Japan), Europe (Finland and The Netherlands) and North America (Canada).

Read more about the World Circular Economy Forum.

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