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COVID-19 recovery and Aid for Trade – Opportunities for sustainable economic development and transition to circular economy
Sustainable recovery measures should be placed at the heart of COVID-19 recovery. Transition to low-carbon circular economy creates opportunities for trade, environment and job creation by greening and diversifying economies and production base. It can boost economic growth while supporting the SDGs.

Support for trade facilitation and national roadmaps, which take individual challenges and strengths into consideration, are important and successful tools in helping countries to move towards circularity. Aid for Trade can support countries in implementing national roadmaps and create trade opportunities. Many initiatives have already emerged, such as the African Development Bank’s activities to support the transition and mainstreaming circular economy solutions in African countries through national roadmaps. SMEs are also working towards circular production practices in order to realize the benefits of a green transition.

This session will explore interlinkages between Aid for Trade, sustainable recovery and circular economy. The session shares experiences and tools available for countries to boost post-COVID-19 recovery, sustainable development and job creation. The event shows concrete examples of circular economy and discuss implications for developing countries. The outcomes of the session will feed into the dialogue and the Action Statement of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF).

• 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)

Mar 24, 2021 11:00 AM in Zurich

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