Promoting Circularity in Transition Economies: The Role of Trade and Economic Cooperation

Organized by UNECE in partnership with the Geneva Trade Platform
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A country’s capacity to foster a circular economy model, producing more efficiently, polluting less and reusing more will be a critical determinant of lasting prosperity in the 21st Century. 

Several developed economies have made well publicized progress in this regard, but far less attention has been paid to the successes and remaining policy challenges of transition economies in Central Asia, Caucasus and the Western Balkans.


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Jointly organized by the UNECE and the Geneva Trade Platform, and simultaneously translated into English and Russian, this session provides a platform for representatives from some of the UNECE’s 17 programme countries to share and exchange success stories, perspectives and lessons learned. The session will also explore circular economy opportunities arising from value chains, trade and trade facilitation in transition economies

Scheduled speakers will include:

  • Ms. Olga Algayerova, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary, UNECE 
  • H.E. Mr. Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy, North Macedonia 
  • H.E. Ms. Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture, Georgia 
  • Mr. Olzhas Sartayev, CEO of Special Economic Zone "Park of Innovative Technologies" in Almaty, Kazakhstan 
  • Ms. Aleksandra Vucinic, Head of Group for Circular and Green Economy, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Serbia
  • Ms. Marianne Kettunen, Head of Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy IEEP


The Geneva Trade Platform thanks Sergey Popov for financial contribution to this project.