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February 9, 2024

Circle Economy Foundation partners with the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the International Resource Panel to co-produce the World Circular Economy Forum 2024

The ninth edition of this annual forum will be programmed by Circle Economy Foundation and partners for the first time

The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) is an annual event organised by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, that brings together leaders from business, government, academia and civil society to find circular solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. This year, Sitra partnered up with Circle Economy Foundation and the International Resource Panel to co-produce the event, shaping the programme, speakers and topics. 

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Turning circular visions into actions’.  With this in mind, WCEF2024 will feature the most impactful circular solutions from around the world, guided by the latest scientific evidence. The programme is designed to facilitate targeted discussions around the key enablers of a circular economy: governance, finance, people and employment, and business and innovation.

‘We are pleased to announce our partnership to make this year’s World Circular Economy Forum the most impactful yet’, says Circle Economy Foundation CEO Martijn Lopes Cardozo, ‘Our experts have planned several days of exciting programming that will leave all participants feeling empowered and inspired to make the circular economy a reality.’

What sets this edition of the forum apart from previous iterations are the targeted discussions with clear outcomes, hands-on workshops and collaboration with two major players in Brussels: the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The ECESP will deliver a European track to the main event while the Belgian Presidency team will curate a full day of accelerator sessions on 17 April, including site visits to circular economy companies in Belgium.

This collaborative programme aims to facilitate a spirit of discovery, participation, learning and cross-sectoral, international coalition-building by advocating for a just transition to circularity. The forum will encourage countries worldwide to continue working towards a circular economy that holds people and the planet at its core. More details about the programme and speakers will be announced in January 2024. 

WCEF2024 is brought to you by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Circle Economy Foundation and International Resource Panel in close collaboration with international partners. WCEF2024 will be hosted at the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre from April 15–18, 2024. The forum can also be joined online or from WCEF Studios around the world.

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