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COP25. Building countries capacity on circular economy as a medium to tackle climate change: initiatives in Latin America & the Caribbean and international best practises


09 December 2019 - 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm CET

Venue: PCCB Hub

Circular economy (CE) seeks to replace the current linear economic model with a circular model, regenerative in nature, to enable the harnessing and efficient use (and reuse) of resources. A circular system allows the decoupling of economic growth from the utilisation of natural resources, promoting the creation of new businesses as well as a change in the existing production processes, with an economic potential of up to US $4.5 trillion, and generating up to 6 million new jobs by 2030 worldwide.

This workshop organised within the PCCB hub space and hosted by the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) will provide highlights on CE initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region and will deepen the potential of CE as a medium to tackle climate change.


Opening session:
 Gonzalo Muñoz, HLC Chile
 Introduction to the workshop, Federico Villatico, CTCN
Session 1: Development of circular economy (CE) roadmaps in Latin America and the Caribbean
Panel discussion:
 Presentation of the ongoing multi-country technical assistance in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay. Kevin de Cuba, on behalf of the implementing consortium Factor – Spain and Americas Sustainable Development Foundation
 Discussion with countries’ representatives from Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay on the value of the assistance vis à vis the national strategy and future perspectives Guillermo Gonzáles Caballero, Head of the Circular Economy Office at the Ministry of Environment in Chile Claudia Octaviano, NDE of Mexico Paola Visca, NDE of Uruguay
 Introduction to the next multi-country technical assistance on CE in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador and Paraguay. Federico Villatico, CTCN
Session 2: Circular Economy in the Latin America and the Caribbean region
 Regional Coalition for circular economy. Gustavo Manez - UN Environment
 UNIDO Circular economy projects in LAC. Alla Metelitsa - UNIDO
Session 3: International Best practices
Panel discussion:
 Best practices on circular economy from private sector and international organisations
International Organisations:
Ernesto Hartikainen, SITRA
Joss Bleriot, Ellen McArthur Foundation
Stefano Signore, European Commission
Private sector:
Luca Meini, ENEL - Italy
Petar Ostojic, Neptuno Pumps - Chile
Q&A and conclusions


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