Side Event

Accelerating Circular Economy-based Solutions to Support SDG 6 Implementation in the LAC Region

On 21 March, UNU-MERIT and UNU-CRIS, with support from UNU-IAS, will co-organise a side event as part of the UN 2023 Water Conference.

- Europe/Berlin

On 21 March 2023 at 15:30 (CET), the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), with support from UNU-IAS, will co-organise the event “Accelerating Circular Economy Based Solutions to Support SDG 6 Implementation in the LAC Region“. This online event is part of the UN 2023 Water Conference.

This session will call for collective action for Circular Economy WATER in the Latin American Region —  a coalition to integrate circular economy-focused advances and innovations to water for sustainable development. This includes social and economic development in urban areas as well as regional development.

During this session, global and regional experts will showcase their insights and best practices, share challenges, and analyse gaps and needs to explore a specific plan to deploy a framework for effective integration of a circular economy into the future water strategies.


Welcome: Nidhi Nagabhatla, UNU-CRIS

Scope of the session: Sanae Okamoto, UNU-MERIT

Opening Keynote Speech: Philippe De Lombaerde, UNU-CRIS

Circular Economy in the Water and Wastewater Sector (Local/ Region/Global): TBD

The Academic Voice

  • Paula Cecilia Soto-Rios: Professor, Postgraduate Unit of Chemical Engineering, Mayor de San Andres University, Bolivia

  • Brenda Acevedo Juárez: Research Professor, Guadalajara University, Mexico

  • Tamara Avellan: Prof., Sustainable Water Management, University of Oulu, Finland 

  • Marcin Jarzebski: Researcher, UNU-IAS

The Practitioner and Policy Voice

  • Maria Eugenia de la Peña: Senior Specialist, Water Circular Economy, Inter-American Development Bank

  • Eric Sawyer: President of the Deliberative Council, Brazilian Institute for Development and Sustainability, Brazil

  • Manuel Albaladejo: Lead of UNIDO – Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay, / Juan Pablo Albornoz, Consultant, Partnership for Action on Green Economy PAGE, Uruguay

  • Carlo Pietrobelli: UNESCO Chair in Science Technology & Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development in Latin America, Professor, UNU-MERIT

The Private Sector Voice

  • Chen: Ding Tai Co., Ltd., Taiwan

  • Lucy Gwen Gillis: International Marine and Dredging Consultants (IMDC): engineering and consultancy company in the field of natural waters), Belgium

Closing summary:  Philippe De Lombaerde. UNU-CRIS

What Next? A Quick Note: Nidhi Nagabhatla, UNU-CRIS, and Sanae Okamoto, UNU-MERIT


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For more information and event updates, visit the UNU-MERIT website.