Sydney, 10 March 2015 Resource productivity and innovation, future technologies, new business models and policies are the keywords of the first regional Asia-Pacific World Resources Forum, which will be held in Sydney, 1-3 June 2015. The Forum will focus on opportunities associated with increasing resource productivity and innovation in the circular economy across the Asia-Pacific region, and the role that key actors, including Australian business could play to accelerate and scale up solutions to address this issue.
The WRF Secretariat has joined hands with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), which will host WRF Asia-Pacific in partnership with the University of New South Wales UNSW‘s 2015 International Sustainability Symposium. The three-day conference will be co-chaired by ISF’s Damien Giurco, and UNSW’s Scientific Professor Veena Sahajwalla.
Heinz Schandl, CSIRO and member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, chairs the Scientific Committee. WRF’s Managing Director Bas de Leeuw and Program Director Mathias Schluep are among the speakers, as well as Surendra Shrestha, Director of United Nations Environment Programme’s International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP IETC), Markus Reuter (Outotec Finland) and others. The draft program will be published shortly and registration has been opened, with early bird rates ending 31 March. The Forum has been timed to coincide with “Vivid 2015”, Sydney’s Festival of Light, Music and Ideas, and includes a harbour cruise and the traditional WRF Gala Dinner.