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WCEF2020 Conference in Toronto Postponed to 2021

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Along with its partners, Finland’s fund for the future, Sitra, will be hosting a virtual World Circular Economy Forum, WCEFonline, on September 29-30, 2020. The annual landmark circular economy event, the World Circular Economy Forum, can no longer be held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak and will be postponed until 2021.
WCEF2020 Conference in Toronto Postponed to 2021
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“Once we have overcome the immediate crisis, the recession must be met with decisive measures that encourage the transition to a carbon-neutral circular economy. This also helps us make better use of our limited resources,” says Sitra’s President Jyrki Katainen.

With WCEFonline, sharing the world’s best circular economy solutions to enable a sustainable recovery is possible despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “It gives key circular economy thinkers and doers from around the world the opportunity to share their solutions. For example, the European Green Deal is leading Europe towards a more circular future,” Katainen says.

Canada will host the next annual WCEF in 2021

The decision to postpone the WCEF2020 has been taken by the co-hosts Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, along with all of their partners.

“While it is unfortunate that the conference must be postponed due to the impact of COVID-19, the work around advancing the circular economy must continue. To help further such discussions, we will be aiming to provide opportunities for interested parties to connect virtually over the coming months. Canada looks forward to hosting the World Circular Economy Forum in Toronto at the first available opportunity in 2021,” says Minister Jonathan Wilkinson of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Dates for a rescheduled WCEF in 2021 will be made public following further discussion with partners. To be held for the first time in North America, the WCEF2021 will continue the work of previous forums and showcase the sustainable pathways needed to help the global economy recover and to advance the transition to the circular economy around the world.

Rescheduling the annual forum to 2021 will ensure that all parties can participate and focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference, as well as allow more time for the necessary preparations to take place.

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