World Resources Forum 2019

The 2019 World Resources Forum will take place in Antwerp, Belgium from Sunday 24 to Wednesday 27 February. Co-organised by the Public Waste Agency of Flanders(OVAM) and the World Resources Forum (WRF).
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This international conference will focus on closing resource loops and achieving the circular economy. A circular economy approach helps to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change. It delivers jobs and environmental wins. Antwerp, as Europe’s second largest port, has proven itself to be fertile ground for the development of a circular economy. OVAM has a rich expertise in materials management, Flanders can be seen as a global trailblazer.

Students design out e-waste in the e-loop challenge
The electronic waste mountains around the world are growing due to our ever increasing appetite for electronics and digital devices and our common failure to deal with our waste in decent ways. The Recupel E-Loop Challenge has called on students from around the globe to face this challenge head on and design out e-waste. Fifteen students have been selected from over 1700 applicants. They will come to Antwerp from countries as diverse as Germany, Greece, Algeria, Ghana, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan and Mexico and together hold a four day boot camp. The students will brainstorm about possible solutions to prevent, eradicate and recycle e-waste. Their solutions will be presented to the conference.

Circular fashion show, circular is beautiful
A Circular Fashion Show will demonstrate that fashion and circularity can go hand in hand, showcasing creations by ecological brands such as La Fille d’O, Ilke Cop and Tropas. No better place for this of course than … the fashion capital of Belgium.

Politicians and scientists transmit sense of urgency
High level political dialogue is as always integral part of the World Resources Forum. Government, business and scientific leaders from all over the world will present the most pressing messages and transmit the sense of urgency. Highlights include Janez Potocnik, former EU Commissioner for the Environment and Co-Chair of the UN International Resource Panel, and Sandrine Dixson-Declève, new and first female Co-President of the Club of Rome. The conference will get a very special welcome by a surprise speaker who will be announced shortly.

Cities and ports take action together
Thought leaders and stakeholders will share and discuss their visions on specific topics in global sessions, such as Cities and regions as laboratories for circular change, Soil and land as a valuable resource and Circular bioeconomy – circular by nature. Leading global ports Antwerp and Rotterdam will together discuss how ports can contribute to a circular economy together with the industry.

Plastics and textile
More and more countries are closing their borders for low-quality waste streams. A special sessionhosted by OVAM discusses with experts the global challenges of plastics and textile recycling. Speakers include Cordie Aziz and members of the OECD and ISWA.

Special session on achieving circular economy by mayors
In Mayors and Municipalities for Circular Economy a panel discussion between the Mayors from Bergen, Rotterdam, Porto, Bilbao, Sao Paulo and Beirut will be held. What steps have they taken to achieve a circular economy? How have they designed and implemented better waste and resource management? What opportunities and challenges did they encounter? How can they do more? Expect inspiring views from a multitude of angles; a Mayor of Sao Paolo for example started his career as a waste picker on one of the city’s garbage dumps.

Deep dives and live experiences
Over 40 deep dive workshops, organized by partner organisations, will allow very intense small group interaction. Visit for the workshop programme.


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