World Resources Forum 2025: New Resource Strategies for a Fair and Sustainable Future

Geneva, Switzerland – July 3, 2024  

The World Resources Forum Association is delighted to announce its 2025 Conference ‘New Resource Strategies for a Fair and Sustainable Future‘, which will take place on September 2-3, 2025 at the CICG in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will bring together international stakeholders from industry, policy, science and civil society for a solutions-oriented dialogue on how to improve the governance and management of resources across three key resource hotspots.

Natural resource governance plays a crucial role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement, and global sustainability targets related to climate, biodiversity, and pollution. Despite efforts, the consumption of natural resources has tripled in the past 50 years, continuing to rise at over 2.3% annually. Without significant changes, resource extraction could increase by nearly 60% from 2020 levels by 2060, vastly exceeding what is necessary to meet human needs sustainably. 

The latest WRF Conference in 2023 called for a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable and equitable use of resources, with a focus on three major transitions, towards 1) a sufficient society, 2) regenerative value chains, and 3) a sustainability-focused digital world. Building upon this dialogue, WRF25 aims to develop, promote and assess effective, multi-stakeholder strategies to ensure sustainability and fairness across three critical hotspots of resource use and socio-environmental impact.

Conference Tracks

Extractive Sector

Enhance public and private governance for responsible sourcing of minerals and metals

Built Environment

Deliver resilient, sustainable and fair buildings and infrastructure

Consumer & Industrial Goods

Shift to sustainable production and consumption patterns

Extractive Sector: Aiming to enhance public and private governance for the responsible sourcing of minerals and metals, discussions will cover areas such as international governance, private sector standards, critical raw materials, due diligence, and artisanal and small-scale mining.

Built Environment: Focused on designing a resilient, sustainable and fair global built environment, key topics will include sustainable infrastructures, building systems, (smart) cities, and urban/rural development.

Consumer & Industrial Goods: Addressing the shift to sustainable and production patterns, the conference will explore key value chains such as electronics, textiles, plastics and healthcare products.

Drivers for Change

In order to improve the environmental and social performance across these three key resource hotspots, WRF25 will focus on strategy areas with a high potential for driving systems change.

Our six drivers for change:

SUFFICIENCY

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

MULTILATERAL GOVERNANCE

INNOVATION, DESIGN & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

INDICATORS, METHODS & STANDARDS

FINANCE AND TRADE

Shaping New Resource Strategies

The conference will engage a diverse array of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, and research, with a focus on fostering cooperation between the Global North and the Global South. This collaboration aims to create adaptable strategies for different developmental contexts and needs.

WRF25 is expected to contribute significantly to international processes and initiatives, highlighting strategies for: enhanced governance mechanisms for the extractive sector;  sustainable and resilient infrastructure and urban/rural development; improved sustainability in consumer and industrial goods value chains; strengthened international cooperation and partnerships. As in previous editions, WRF25 will host a variety of session formats, including keynotes and panel debates, scientific sessions, interactive labs, trainings, and an inspiring exhibition area. 

We stand at a pivotal moment where the necessity to innovate and reconfigure our resource strategies is more urgent than ever. By harnessing collaborative efforts and advancing sustainable practices, we can drive social and environmental value across key industries. I invite stakeholders from all sectors to engage with us at WRF25, to co-create actionable solutions that foster a fair and sustainable future for all.

Mathias Schluep

WRFA Managing Director

About the World Resources Forum

The World Resources Forum Association (WRFA) is an international non-profit organisation which strives to scale up knowledge and practical solutions able to make resource use a driver for human wellbeing within planetary boundaries. Founded in 2012 as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, WRFA engages in three activity areas: Forum, Projects and Knowledge. The flagship WRF Conference is internationally recognised as a premier global platform for sharing knowledge on sustainable resource management. To date, WRF Conferences have gathered over 16,000 participants with previous editions in Switzerland, Japan, China, Costa Rica, Australia, Belgium and Ghana.

Partner and Media Contact

Emanuele Di Francesco

Communications and Events Manager

World Resources Forum

emanuele.difrancesco@wrforum.org

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