This is an invitation only event

Partners: Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network, Commonwealth Secretariat, London Waste and Recycling Board, Bloomsbury Institute, Commonwealth Local Government Forum and the RSA

A roundtable discussion on circular economy in the Commonwealth exploring how to support the transition to a circular economy and raise awareness on climate issues.

Known for its creativity and innovation, London is home to some of the most exciting developments in the emerging ‘circular economy’. The capital is becoming a hot bed of opportunity for entrepreneurs and established businesses creating value through better management of resources and new approaches to product design, manufacturing and services. Current issues in relation to the design, production and consumption of fashion and textiles are growing.

At the same time the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2018 resulted in the Blue Charter, an agreement by all 53 Commonwealth countries to actively co-operate to solve ocean-related problems and meet commitments for sustainable ocean development. This is the most international of its kind to date. The Commonwealth Sustainable Cities network enables Commonwealth cities and municipal members to come together to look at key issues relating to effective urban management including technology for development and creating inclusive and resilient cities in line with SDG11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

As highlighted at the 13th Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoTs), Big Data analytics, 5G, digital twins, distributed ledger technologies, additive manufacturing, robotics, edge computing, and augmented and virtual realities, among others, can help to lower carbon emissions, boost climate resilience, support the transition to a circular economy and raise awareness on climate issues. Thus, frontier technologies represent a significant opportunity for stakeholders to reach the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and realize the visions and goals of the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

This is an invitation only event