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- Viet Nam NPAP officially launches: The kickoff of the Viet Nam National Plastic Action Partnership was attended by over 250 leaders in Hanoi and online. Viet Nam has set several ambitious national targets, including a 75% reduction in marine plastic leakage by 2030. Watch the event here.
- At The Davos Agenda, Nigeria is 4th nation to sign on as NPAP: The Government of Nigeria will join Indonesia, Ghana and Viet Nam in pioneering a system change model for shifting towards a circular economy for plastics. The partnership is expected to officially launch in the coming months.
- Meet the inaugural cohort of Plastic Action Champions: From Indonesia to Ghana to Peru, these eight young leaders under 30 have sparked palpable change in their communities.
- Five new members join GPAP at Davos Agenda: Averda, Borealis, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Lonely Whale and The Ocean Cleanup will work with GPAP and the Forum to address plastic waste and pollution.
- Welcome to Maureen Kwilasa: Maureen is the dynamic new force that has joined GPAP as its Gender Equality and Inclusivity Adviser. Working closely with both GPAP and the NPAP teams in Indonesia, Ghana and Viet Nam, Maureen ensures that the voices and insights of women and girls are strongly integrated across all areas of work and in the transition to a circular plastics economy. A native of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Maureen brings a wealth of experience in facilitating public-private cooperation on gender integration and women’s economic empowerment in countries such as Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Report from The Davos Agenda 2021
For more than 50 years, the World Economic Forum has served as a trusted platform for leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society and academic to convene to address critical issues at the start of the year – and 2021 was no exception. We were honoured to welcome thousands of change-makers this past week to The Davos Agenda, a virtual summit dedicated to helping world leaders choose innovative and bold solutions that can stem the pandemic and drive an inclusive and sustainable recovery.
Particularly high on the agenda was the race to accelerate the circular economy transition as part of the broader economic and environmental recovery. Together with the Circular Economy team at the Forum, we co-hosted a dynamic conversation on the emerging role of circular innovations as a high-potential business opportunity, featuring Chew Shou Zi, Partner and President, International at Xiaomi; Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for Environment of the Netherlands; Bertrand Camus, CEO of SUEZ; and Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Co-Founder of the Lagos-based social enterprise Wecyclers. Watch the replay from the event.
Other exciting developments coming out of The Davos Agenda include the launch of the Partnering for Racial Justice in Business Initiative; commitments from over 60 business leaders to a set of Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics; the release of the Net-Zero Challenge: The Supply Chain Opportunity report; the kickoff of the Mission Possible Partnership; and many more. Read the full press release.
Events on the Horizon
February 4 | Virtual Launch
Time to Act: The Circular Economy Action Agenda
Hosted by the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)
February | Virtual Meeting
Ghana Technical Committee meeting
Hosted by the Ghana NPAP
February / March | Virtual Meeting
First meeting of the Plastic Action Champions
Hosted by GPAP
March 2-3 | Virtual Conference
Japan Regional Roundtable on Circular Economy
Co-hosted by the World Economic Forum and the Ministry of Environment of Japan
March | Virtual Launch
Launch of the Indonesia NPAP Behaviour Change Task Force
Hosted by the Indonesia NPAP
25-28 May | Conference
Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore
Hosted by the World Economic Forum
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