The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) annual conference 2020 focused on the topic of SDG 12 and circular economy by exploring various strategies for sustainable consumption and production. The conference titled “Connecting the dots: Creating an enabling environment for SDG12 in ASEM” took place 9-11 November 2020 virtually and brought new perspectives on the topics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR); inclusive food value chains; sustainable garments; and single-use plastics, all with special consideration to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The ENVforum Annual Conference 2020 gave a comprehensive perspective on some of the most pertinent topics and challenges of sustainable consumption and production that ought to be tackled, and concluded by giving an overview of potential approaches to close the loop and shift towards circularity. We strongly believe that this transformation is necessary as well as feasible through widespread cooperation and partnerships across stakeholders and policymakers. Moreover, collective efforts from policy to practice are needed to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through green recovery, and to build more resilient and sustainable supply chains in Asia and Europe.
The discussion points and outcomes from the 4 thematic streams have been incorporated into policy briefs and will be shared at ASEM13.
All policy briefs and presentations can be found on the conference page.
Registered participants can watch again the conference’s sessions on whova: https://whova.com/portal/webapp/envfo_202010/