Expert forum: A circular economy to recouple social, economic and environmental prosperity – perspectives from the Global South


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The Global Solutions Initiative hosted a forum with renowned experts on circular economy matters during the federal “Week of Environment”, hosted by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt. The recording of this remote panel is available now.

The recording features contributions by

  • Alexander Charalambous, Senior Partner, Living Prospects Ltd (he is a Lead Thematic Convener of the GIZ Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues, and Lead of the EU SWITCH to Green Facility)
  • Mustan Lalani, Global Director, Public Affairs – Environment Policy, Tetra Pak
  • Dr Saima Shafique, Expert, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Facility, EU SWITCH-Asia programme (Pakistan)

The forum was moderated by Dr. Dennis Görlich, researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Program & Research Director at the Global Solutions Initiative.

Why circular economy?

To recouple social, economic and environmental prosperity globally, we can no longer rely on linear economic systems in global supply chains that waste resources and even reward waste generation. In particular, linear production systems are not suitable for emerging economies to catch up.

Circular economy models offer solutions to many of the pressing environmental challenges of our time, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and maritime pollution. The circular economy also has a strong economic and social value with the potential to lower the pressure on scarce resources, strengthen local and regional economies, and create new forms of qualified employment.

The panel sought to display the opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming the circular economy globally and particularly in the Global South.

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