Event: COVID-19 recovery and Aid for Trade - Opportunities for sustainable economic development and transition to circular economy (en)
Sustainable recovery measures need to be at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery. Transitioning to a low-carbon circular economy creates opportunities related to trade, the environment and job creation by greening and diversifying economies and the production base. This can boost economic growth and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Support in the area of trade facilitation and for national roadmaps that take individual challenges and strengths into consideration help countries move towards circularity. The African Development Bank’s initiative to foster circular economy solutions in African countries through national roadmaps, and the adoption of circular production practices by small and medium-sized enterprises to realize the benefits of a green transition are examples of current developments. Aid for Trade can support countries in implementing national roadmaps and create trade opportunities.
At the World Trade Organization’s Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event on 24 March, Finland, the Netherlands, Kenya, the International Trade Centre, the African Development Bank, the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and the Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA will host a panel discussion to explore interlinkages between Aid for Trade, sustainable recovery and circular economy.
The session will focus on tools available for countries to boost post-COVID-19 recovery, sustainable development and job creation, and on concrete circular economy examples and its implications for developing countries. The outcomes of this session will feed into the dialogue and the Action Statement of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) 2021.
The virtual session takes place on Wednesday, 24 March, 11:00-12:30.
- H.E. Dr. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland
- Professor Anthony Nyong, Director for Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank
- Robert Koech, CEO, Siomo Tea Factory
- Ms. Colette van der Ven, International Trade Lawyer, Founder of TULIP Consulting
- Mr. Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
- Ms. Marianne Kettunen, Programme Manager, IEEP (moderator)
For more information, please contact abrauss [at] intracen.org (abrauss[at]intracen[dot]org)