Emerging Approaches to Mainstreaming Circularity & Climate Resilience in Waste Management in Asia & Pacific 

Emerging Approaches to Mainstreaming Circularity & Climate Resilience in Waste Management in Asia & Pacific 

Date: Oct 24, 2022

Time: 12:00 to 13:30 (KST/GMT+9)


Integrating circularity and climate resilience within waste management systems is essential in today’s development and environmental context. This linkage with circular economy principles and climate resilience needs to happen at each stage of the waste management process. While city governments recognize the need to integrate circularity and climate resilience in waste management, its pathways are still emerging and yet to be mainstreamed.

This session highlights few such emerging pathways in Asia and Pacific and successful integration of circularity and climate resilience in managing municipal solid waste and wastewater.​ ​ This session is designed to showcase emerging pathways in integrating circular economy and climate resilience into waste management practices and engage stakeholders and development partners towards future directions in mainstreaming circularity and climate resilience. Country experiences on circular economy with a focus on municipal waste and liquid waste from Indonesia, Laos, Nauru, India and Nepal will be presented.​

Event Agenda:

(Korea Standard Time)
12:00-12:05 Welcome Remarks 
– H.E. Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)  (video message) 
12:05-12:10 Opening Remarks
– Ms. Achala Abeysinghe, Director Asia, GGGI
– Ms. Katerina Syngellakis, Director Pacific Region, GGGI 
12:10- 12:15Overview on GGGI’s initiatives in waste and circular economy in Asia and Pacific  
Ankit Bhatt, Senior Water and Sanitation Analyst, GGGI 
12:15-12:50 Project Presentations
1. Plastics in ASEAN region – CE and Waste challenges: The World Bank
Speaker: Ms. Reiko Kubota, Sr. Environmental Engineer, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice of the World Bank
Presentation outline: Overview on the WB-ASEAN regional project on plastics, findings, and observations on other WB experiences in CE and Waste space in ASEAN. Pathways for better managing plastic waste in ASEAN. 
2. Indonesia CE opportunities and challenges: BAPPENAS, Government of Indonesia
Speaker: Ms. Anggi Putri, Planner, Environment Division 
Presentation outline: Overview on initiatives on waste and CE undertaken by Indonesia. Pathways being prioritized by Indonesia. 
3Circular Economy Accelerator Lab – results from the ASEAN Region: United Nations Development Program 
Speaker: Mr. Korakot Tanseri, Lead, UNDP Accelerator Lab
Presentation outline: Results of the ASEAN region accelerator labs – emerging innovative solutions and pathways for mainstreaming CE in waste initiatives in the region.
4. Waste and CE in Pacific – challenges and emerging priorities: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Speaker: Mr. Anthony Talouli, Director, Waste management and Pollution control program
Presentation outline: Challenges and emerging pathways for building CE in waste management in the pacific. 
5. Pacific Recycling Foundation
Speaker: Amitesh Deo, CEO, Pacific Recycling Foundation
Presentation outline: Recycling in Pacific – challenges and opportunities.
12:50-13:25 Panel Discussions: Priority actions for mainstreaming CE and sustainable waste management (Moderated by Nathalie Andre)

Ms. Reiko Kubota, Sr. Environmental Engineer
Mr. Abduvakkos Abdurahmanov, Team Lead NRM, CC and DRM, UNDP
Mr. Anthony Talouli, Director, Waste management and Pollution control program
Mr. Amitesh Deo, CEO, Pacific Recycling Foundation
Ms. Anggi Putri, Planner, BAPPENAS, Government of Indonesia
13:25-13:30 Closing Remarks  
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