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World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) 2022

Kigali, Rwanda & online



Hosted in the Global South for the first time, the World Circular Economy Forum 2022 (WCEF2022) will be held in Kigali, Rwanda and online. African Studios will live-broadcast the main event in several cities across Africa and facilitate discussions around circularity, while offering participants the opportunity to exhibit their solutions and take tours to local circular economy facilities. Studios can also be organised around the Globe.

This year’s global collaboration forum presents a unique opportunity for African nations and the world at large to transition toward an inclusive low-carbon and climate resilient economy while tackling key societal challenges. Africa can lead the world towards a new, more resilient economy – the circular economy. With vast natural resources, a young population, strong entrepreneurship and new forms of collaboration, the African continent can offer inspiration to the world.

The forum will explore major themes relevant to Africa’s development in which circularity could play a big role, including climate and nature, youth, infrastructure, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as trade and value chains. The third day is reserved for partner-led programmes that can take place anywhere around the world or online. The programme will be released in October.

In addition to the main event, WCEF2022 Side Events can be organised throughout the year, excluding the forum days. Side events organised from 28 November to 11 December will be listed on this event page, and the full list is available on Sitra’s website.

WCEF2022 is co-organised by the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), the Republic of Rwanda, the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, with international partners.