The Circular Economy – Expanding Support to Africa
This event will focus on the potential of the circular economy to contribute solutions to tackling the global climate change challenge. The purpose is to promote the development of national, sectoral or process-specific circular models, in which public and private players are incorporated to generate national strategies required for the development of the circular economy. The Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) is hosting this event to invite contributions and ideas about how countries can develop circular models that incorporate industry 4.0 technologies and can remove the barriers which hinder the incorporation of developing countries into the fourth industrial revolution.
The Circularity Gap Report 2019 released by the organization Circle Economy at Davos during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum notes that the world can maximize chances of avoiding dangerous climate change by moving to a circular economy, thereby allowing societies to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Action. The report by Circle Economy, a group supported by UN Environment and the Global Environment Facility, finds that the global economy is only 9% circular just 9% of the 92.8 billion tonnes of minerals, fossil fuels, metals and biomass that enter the economy are re-used annually.
In 2020, CTCN will expand its Technical Assistance on Circular Economy to Africa to include Zambia; Zimbabwe; Malawi; Kenya; Mauritius and Seychelles. The support to Africa will focus on appropriate, inclusive waste services and technologies that attract investments and create jobs because waste in Africa has the potential to inject USD 8 billion per annum to African Economies.
Moderator: Dr. Rose Mwebaza, Director, the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN), Member of NAWE.
Introductory Remarks: Mr Philip Thigo, Director for Africa for the Thunderbird School for Global Management. Member, World Economic Forum (WEF), Global Futures Councils on Global Public Goods for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Dr Youssef Nassef, Director of Adaptation, UNFCCC.
Carla Montesi, Director “Planet and Prosperity” of the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Ms Jean-Paul Adam, Director of the Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Closing Remarks: Mr Oliver Mbera – General Manager, Enviroserve Africa Circular Economy Alliance, Rwanda