Background and context
At its sixty-ninth session the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) committed to step up efforts to promote circular economy approaches and the sustainable use of natural resources by mainstreaming circularity and the sustainable use of natural resources in existing relevant UNECE work.
As part of UNECE’s work on trade, this roundtable aimed to explore the links between circular economy and agri-food production, trade, and standards, including in relation to food loss and waste.
The roundtable was organized under a UNECE led project on Accelerating the transition towards a Circular Economy (2021-2024), which will help member States harness the power of trade and economic cooperation in their circular economy transition through interventions in three areas: traceability of supply chains, innovation-enhancing procurement, and the management of waste, including food loss and waste.
- The Big Food Redesign: regenerating nature with the circular economy, Gaelle Le Gelard, Design manager of the Food initiative, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
- Global Trade a key enabler of efficient food production, Shane Ward, Shane Ward, Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin
- Voluntary Sustainability Standards, Sustainable Food Value Chains and Circular Economy, Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba, Senior Economist, UNCTAD and Coordinator of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards