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3 DAYS TO DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE USE. IN GENEVA AND ONLINE.

Rethinking Value -
Resources for planetary wellbeing.

WRF’23 will take place in a hybrid format in Geneva and online on September 4-6 2023. During the 3 conference days, you can expect an engaging and interactive programme to dive into some of the key topics around sustainable resource use, across the three conference tracks of sufficiency, value chains and digitalisation.

This edition, organised back-to-back with the UNEP Global Intergovernmental Meeting on Minerals and Metals, will welcome international stakeholders from policy, industry, science and civil society.

Check out below all the details related to our programme.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Conference Agenda

A high-level overview of what will happen during the 3 days of WRF'23.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4
12.00 - 20.00 CET
12.00 - 13.00

Welcome & Registrations

13.00 - 14.30

Grand Opening & Keynotes

Siddharth Kara (Harvard University), Yamina Saheb (IPCC)

15.00 - 16.30

Parallel Sessions: Interactive Labs & Scientific Sessions

17.00 - 18.15

Keynotes & Closing of the Day

Tomas Lamanauskas (International Telecommunication Union)

18.15 - 20.00

Networking Apéro Riche

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5
09.00 - 17.00 CET
08.00 - 09.00

Welcome & Registrations

09.00 - 10.30

Panel Debate 'Sufficiency: from a consumer to a sufficient society'

Carlos Alvarez Pereira (Club of Rome), Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Hege Saebjørnsen (IKEA), Julia Steinberger, Lewis Akenji (Hot or Cool)

11.00 - 12.30

Parallel Sessions: Interactive Labs & Scientific Sessions

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.30

Parallel Sessions: Interactive Labs & Scientific Sessions

16.00 - 17.30

Panel Debate 'Value Chains: from extractive to regenerative value chains'

Matthew Fraser (Circle Economy), Murtiani Hendriwardani (IGF), Paul Ekins (UCL), Peder Jensen (EEA), Siddharth Kara (University of Nottingham)

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6
09.00 - 19.00 CET
08.00 - 09.00

Welcome & Registrations

09.00 - 10.30

Panel Debate 'Digitalisation: from growth to purpose'

Dmitry Mariyasin (UNECE), Jhoanna Rosales (Vertmonde), Luis Neves (GeSI), Saskia Günther (Swisscom), Susanne Guth-Orlowski (Spherity)

11.00 - 12.30

Parallel Sessions: Interactive Labs & Scientific Sessions

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.30

Parallel Sessions: Interactive Labs & Scientific Sessions

16.00 - 16.30

WRF'23 Grand Closing

16.30 - 18.00

UNEP-WRF Event: Transforming mineral and metal value chains for enhanced sustainability

18.00 - 20.00

Closing Apéro Riche

THE BACKBONE OF OUR CONFERENCE

Conference Sessions

The programme of WRF'23 is composed of events taking place both in Geneva and online. Keynotes and panel debates will take place in Geneva in a plenary setup, while the Labs will take place in parallel, both in-person and online. Furthermore, partner organisations can engage by organising a Loudspeaker Event, a side event connected to the conference, taking place before or shortly after the conference days.

KEYNOTES & PANELS

KEYNOTES & PANEL DEBATES

High-level experts diving into key topics across the three conference tracks. Taking place in Geneva, live-streamed online.

INTERACTIVE LABS

INTERACTIVE LABS

Partner-led, interactive 90-mins sessions launching new initiatives, showcasing remarkable results, sharing learnings and generating new ideas. Taking place in Geneva and online.

SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS

SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS

Science-based sessions with the presentation and discussion of latest research from a multitude of disciplines and approaches. Both theoretical and applied in nature. Taking place in Geneva and online.

SIDE EVENTS

LOUDSPEAKER EVENTS

Partner-led sessions to dive into an innovative topic, taking place outside the conference days. Taking place online.

THE PROGRAMME OF PARTNER-LED SESSIONS

Keynotes & Panel Debates

Exploring the nuances of sufficiency, value chains and digitalisation thanks to the diverse inputs of our international keynote speakers.

Siddharth Kara
Yamina Saheb
Tomas Lamanauskas
Julia Steinberger
THE PROGRAMME OF PARTNER-LED SESSIONS

Interactive Labs

Our confirmed programme of interactive labs, which will take place both at our venue in Geneva and online. The concept notes of the sessions with additional details and exact date and time will be available shortly.

Systemic Change Towards Environmentally Sound Management of E-Waste

Organised by GIZ, PREVENT Waste Alliance and StEP Initiative. 

In Geneva, with live-streaming online.

EU Critical Raw Materials Act as a Driver of Responsible Sourcing of Transition Relevant Resources from the Global South

Organised by RE-SOURCING and AfricaMaVal.

Taking place in Geneva, with live-streaming online.

Science-Policy Panel on Chemicals, Waste and Pollution Prevention: Linking Science and Action Using a Life-Cycle Approach

Organised by the OEWG Secretariat and Geneva Environment Network.

Taking place in Geneva, with live streaming online. 

Towards responsible battery recycling and raw materials supply chains - combining regulatory approaches with market demands

Organised by the Sustainable Recycling Industries project. 

Taking place in Geneva, with live-streaming online.

The Launch of Marine Sand Watch: monitoring marine sand extraction

Organised by UNEP-GRID Geneva and Geneva Environment Network. 

Taking place in Geneva, with live-streaming online.

The secure and sustainable supply of Critical Minerals: A roundtable on cross industry collaboration

Organised by dss+.

Taking place in Geneva, with live-streaming online.

Tools to transform e-waste scrap yards and integrate informal collectors into national schemes
Organised by the GIZ E-Waste Program. 
 
Taking place in Geneva.
 
Re-mining the mine: critical raw material availability in historic mining waste
Organised by FutuRaM.
 
Taking place in Geneva, with live-streaming online.
 
Creating a common expectation for Due Diligence of Recycled Metals
Organised by the Responsible Recycling of Metals.
 
Taking place in Geneva.
Digital Health in the Circular Economy (DiCE) - developing circular strategies for digital healthcare devices
Organised by: DiCE
Format: Geneva with live-streaming online
 
Concept

Digital healthcare devices contain valuable raw materials that are essential to the European economy. Currently many of these devices end up in landfill or are incinerated, meaning these raw materials are lost. The DiCE (Digital Health in the Circular Economy) project aims to address this. It focusses on extending the lifetime of digital healthcare devices by developing and piloting solutions across the whole product life-cycle.

In this dedicated session, the project will highlight the major outcomes achieved during the first year. The session will explore how the results can be uptaken within the healthcare sector and leveraged towards adjacent sectors.

Date

5 September, 14.00 – 15.30 CET

 
The Roundtable on the Responsible Recycling of Metals
Organised by the Roundtable on the Responsible Recycling of Metals.
 
Taking place in Geneva, with live-streaming online.
Enabling secondary raw material management by data governance
Organised by FutuRaM.
 
Taking place in Geneva.
 
Balancing minerals extraction and nature protection: The implications of the EU Critical Raw Materials Act for Europe's energy transition
Organised by SUME and CIRAN.
 
Taking place in Geneva, with live-streaming online.
 
Plastic pollution and solutions - interactions between science, policy, industry and society
Organised by: NILU
Format: online
 
Concept

This session will focus on scientific, societal and political aspects of plastics and plastic pollution. Plastic as a resource will be discussed, through the example of material-flow analysis and insights from the plastic industry. The possibilities of research to support decision makers in implementing science-based policy approaches will be examined, as well as the costs of relevant measures to reduce plastic pollution versus the costs plastic pollution exerts on our society. Stakeholders from industry, social sciences, environmental sciences and governmental institutions are invited to participate in this session.

 
Circular Economy Standardization Developments
Organised by: SRI
Format: Hybrid – Geneva, with live streaming online
 
Concept

This session aims at providing an update on circular economy standards as well as a space for dialogue among standard-setters and companies applying CE approaches to discuss drivers and how else can the uptake of CE standards be increased.

 
Jobs Redesigned: Exploring Circular Economy Solutions in the Private Sector
Organised by: Circular Economy Catalyst, Adelphi and SEEDS
Format: Online
 
Concept

This session will showcase successful circular business models from small- and medium-sized enterprises, and spotlight how they are contributing to the transition to an inclusive and circular economy, creating future jobs. A selected number of enterprises will present their businesses and how they are tackling environmental and economic challenges in India and Kenya. This will set the basis for a discussion on possible replications of these solutions in other contexts during a panel discussion.

 

Date

6 September, 11.00 – 12.30

 
Circular Economy Policies in the EU and selected countries
Organised by: Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW)
Format: Hybrid – Geneva, with live streaming online
 
Concept

This session aims at understanding and clarifying latest developments of CE policies at EU and selected countries level, concepts for implementations, time horizons, environmental impacts, learning from different approaches and priorities. 

Speakers

  • Peder Jensen, European Environment Agency
  • Niklas Nierhoff, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
  • Brigitte Karigl, Austrian Environment Agency (tbc)
  • Matthew Fraser, Circle Economy
  • Christian Holzner & Xaver Edelmann, SATW

Date

5 September, 11.00 – 12.30

 
Influencing consumers to improve e-waste collection - developing circular strategies for e-waste from healthcare
Organised by: DiCE
Format: Geneva with live-streaming online
 
Concept

Digital healthcare devices contain valuable raw materials that are essential to the European economy. Currently many of these devices end up in landfill or are incinerated, meaning these raw materials are lost. The DiCE (Digital Health in the Circular Economy) project aims to address this. It focusses on extending the lifetime of digital healthcare devices by developing and piloting solutions across the whole product life-cycle.

One of the most prominent issues is to address how to influence consumer behaviour when devices reach their end of life/use. Several nudging strategies will be presented during this session, which aims to:

  • Understand current audience behaviour in terms of what they do with small items of e-waste (e.g. smartphones, eReaders)
  • Provide a consolidated overview of the outcome of the DiCE Sustain-a-thons and gather audience feedback on the proposed nudging strategies, including the impact on the value chain
  • Provide an overview of smart collection boxes that will be used in the DiCE pilot schemes

Date

5 September, 11.00 – 12.30 CET

 
Innovative Partnerships for Responsible Resource Use in Africa
Organised by: African Development Bank and International Resource Panel
Format: Online
 
Concept

To contribute to discussions on improving the management and financing for the sustainable management of Africa’s renewable and non-renewable natural resources, the African Development Bank and the International Resource Panel are collaborating to inspire talks on what challenges, best practices, actions, and roles international development partners can cooperate on facilitating sustainable management and investment in Africa’s natural resources. 

This session will share insights from recent and upcoming work of the African Development Bank and International Resource Panel, discuss the key issues hindering economic and structural reforms and highlight specific examples of best practices, key policies and actions.

Date

4 September, 15.00 – 16.30 CET

 
KYBURZ Multi-Life-Concept: circular economy for light electric vehicles
Organised by: KYBURZ
Format: Online
 
Concept

This session will introduce KYBURZ MultiLife and Battery Recycling, including a live factory tour.

Date

4 September, 15.00 – 16.30 CET

 
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF APPLIED AND THEORETICAL RESEARCH.

Scientific Sessions

The programme of scientific sessions will consist of over 70 presentations, both in Geneva and online. Scientific posters will also be showcased and presented at the venue. 

The detailed programme will be available shortly.