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

Nidhi Nagabhatla (UNU-CRIS); Sanae Okamoto(UNU-MERIT); Marcin Jarzebski (UNU-IAS), UNU-MERIT ; UNU-CRIS ; UNU-IAS & UNIDO

Session summary:

In this session we call for a collective action to Circular Economy WATER in the Latin American region. A coalition to integrate circular economy-focused advances and innovations to water for sustainable development. That 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, analyse gaps and needs to explore a specific plan to deploy a framework for effective integration of CE into the future water strategies.


Welcome note: 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 Waste water Sector (Local/ Region/Global).

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, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies - UNU-IAS, Japan

The practitioners 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, Prof. UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands.

The private sector voice

  • Jui-Wen Chen: President, 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).

Watch the playback / recorded session here.

Venue: Online

Date: 21 March 2023

Time: 15:30 - 17:00  CET