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World Circular Economy Forum 2022

What:      World Circular Economy Forum 2022

Who:       Sitra, African Circular Economy Network, African Circular Economy Alliance; and the government of  Rwanda       

When:      5 December (pre-event media briefing);  6-8 December 2022 (Forum)     

Where:     Kigali, Rwanda and online

The 6th World Circular Economy Forum, WCEF2022, will take place from 6 to 8 December in Kigali, Rwanda. Under the theme From Africa to the World, the forum will present a wide range of circular solutions for different industries and sectors, with a particular emphasis on harnessing the opportunities to improve livelihoods and end poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change and safeguard biodiversity.

WCEF2022 is supporting the global momentum of the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 and Biodiversity Conference COP15 with a powerful tool – the circular economy. It will address trade, value chain, policy and technology challenges in the circular economy transition. It is also expected to showcase diverse, indigenous circular solutions from Africa.

The government of Rwanda, the African Circular Economy Alliance, the African Circular Economy Network, and the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, will jointly host the event with international partners.   

The forum is one of the world’s leading circular economy events, originating from Finland, and will bring together business leaders, policymakers and experts from Africa and around the world to present circular economy solutions and examine how businesses can seize new opportunities.

The WCEF2022 speakers include Valerie Hickey, Global Director of the World Bank; Kristin Hughes, Executive Director of the World Economic Forum; Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director of the World Resources Institute; and Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Rwanda’s Minister of Environment.

Forum sessions in Kigali will be live-streamed via There will also be WCEF2022 African Studios in Yaoundé, Lagos, Cape Town, and Lusaka, as well as in other locations worldwide. Click here for the agenda and more information.  Media representatives should apply for accreditation at

Source African Development Bank Group

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