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Circular Cities Week
October 26, 2020 - November 1, 2020
Last fall, the Circular Economy Club (CEC) celebrated its inaugural “Circular Cities Week” global event (Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019). The goal: to push, with a united voice, for the design and implementation of circular economy strategies in cities worldwide. This year, more than ever, we need to work towards building resilient cities that recover from environmental, social and health crisis. We believe in the circular economy as a model that will help cities to become more resilient. The Circular Cities Week will take place on Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2020), again alongside the UN World Cities Day.
What is the #CircularCities Week
“Circular Cities Week” is an annual, decentralized global event. In 2019, over 80 CEC Chapters signed up to organize workshops to identify opportunities and next steps to encourage implementation of the circular economy in their cities. Around 30 CEC Chapters organized the workshop and the findings can be found in this the Circular Cities Week REPORT. This process included bringing in stakeholders from city governments, private and nonprofit sectors, and academia—and providing a multi-stakeholder call to action. This year, we are moving to an online format.
Why the #CircularCities Week
The CEC envisions a world in which every city in every country functions and prospers through circularity, ending the age of waste. An ambitious goal such as this requires clarity and clearly defined deadlines. “Circular Cities Week” provides this critical framework.
The condensed timeframe of “Circular Cities Week” encourages a sense of urgency and purpose designed to help stakeholders identify opportunities, challenges and next steps for supporting the development of circularity at the city government level. The objectives of the week are two-fold;
- Raise awareness about the potential for the circular economy framework to build more resilient cities, considering the current COVID-19 pandemic; and
- Engage citizens to design and implement a circular city and gather suggestions to create a global report gathering the top suggestions.