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Advancing a just transition to a circular economy: Scaling up individual action to collectively drive systemic change - a WCEF2021 Accelerator Session
Plastics, electronics, and textiles waste volumes have led to environmental, social and health issues, especially in low- and middle-income countries. A transition to a circular economy is necessary to address the environmental challenges, but also needs to be just and inclusive, in order to provide opportunities for decent work in conditions of equity, security and human dignity.

This session builds on two sessions that were held in April 2021 at the WCEF+Climate that focused on the importance of integrating decent work in effective collection of electronics and plastics. These discussions led to the development of a joint initiative by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), focusing on three key work areas to advance a just transition in electronics, plastics and textiles.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about what we can do to facilitate a just transition to circularity under the brand-new ILO-PACE initiative. Representatives from non-profits, workers’ and employers’ organizations will speak from their experiences to inspire action and foster collaboration on a way forward.

15:00 – Welcome & Introduction to the session
15:05 – Opening remarks
15:10 – Scaling up actions for an inclusive circular economy
15:35 – Audience Q&A and Open Discussion
15:55 – Closing Words
16:00 – End of the session

Moderated by:
Neelam Melwani - Senior Policy Officer, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water

Speakers include:
David McGinty - Global Director, PACE
Alette van Leur - Director Sectoral Policies Department, ILO
Chever Voltmer - Plastics Initiative Director, Ocean Conservancy
Andreas Manhart - Senior Researcher, Oeko Institute
Nancy Ibarra Palacios - Director Sustainable Production and Consumption, National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI)

This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 (
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