The UNECE region leads the world in producing, value-adding and transforming its natural resources for socio-economic consumption. However, these resources are often finite. Their production and consumption require enormous energy and other resource inputs, and lead to environmental degradation and increased vulnerability to climate change – effects that are compounded on the region’s increasingly urbanized populations. Transitioning to a more circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources is crucial for achieving the SDGs.
The 69th session of the UNECE will gather ministers and deputy ministers from the region and provide countries with an opportunity to:
Exchange experiences on transitioning to a more circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources
Identify gaps and ways to address them
Share their success stories via dedicated webinars and exhibits
Submit voluntary commitments related to the theme of the session to accelerate progress in the region .