Mr. Pablo Gándara, International Urban Cooperation Regional Action Asia
Circular economies and nature-based solutions are two ways to strengthen urban resilience.
Circular economy deals with reducing our energy through improved management of extraction, processing, transportation, use, and discarding of materials, resulting in savings in material consumption and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across goods and services value chains as well as for local infrastructure development. Transitioning from a linear to a circular economy, apart from the positive impacts on our stocks of natural resources, society and the environment, brings real economic and financial benefits to the businesses that make the transformation but also to wider society as a whole. Circular economy approaches also offer opportunities for cities that have been left behind by the linear economic model: circular activities can add value and generate livelihoods and economic resilience through diversification at the local level.
After a thematic introduction on circular economy, relevant stakeholders from Asia-Pacific and Europe will discuss about concrete local action. The deep dive is organised with the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Programme of the European Union, ESCAP and other partners, showcasing especially city-to-city cooperation in this area. Participation is within EU`s commitment to the Habitat III Conference to expand opportunities for city-to-city cooperation at regional and international levels to contribute to implement the New Urban Agenda. Within the EU, the main instrument to deliver the voluntary commitment on sustainable urban development is the Urban Agenda for the EU, with circular economy as one of fourteen partnership areas of the Agenda.