Since 2009, we have organised conferences in Japan, Switzerland, China, Peru, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Belgium and Ghana, resulting in:
A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources
On October 12-14 2021, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Ghana co-hosted the World Resources Forum 2021. WRF’21 took place as a hybrid event, with two local hubs in Accra and Zurich, and a three days of online sessions.
WRF’21 acted as an interactive platform for sharing and discussing the latest research, policies and practices in the field. With over 40% of total participants from Africa, the Forum put the challenges and solutions for sustainable resource use in Africa at the core of an international debate.
WRF 2021 – Accra, Ghana and Zurich, Switzerland
“A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources”: global governance of raw materials, circular economy in Africa, trade and finance, fair transition to circularity, responsible mining, secondary materials.
WRF 2019 – Geneva, Switzerland
“Making Natural Resource Governance Fir for the 21st Century”: governance of mineral resources, circular economy in Africa, raw materials trends, sustainable consumption and production.
WRF 2019 – Antwerp, Belgium
“Closing Loops – Transitions at work”: 1.5-degree lifestyles, global metal flows, digital technologies, sustainable materials, climate policy, bio-economy, soil and land, ports in a circular economy.
Swiss Resources Forum 2018
Swiss initiatives and networks on resource efficiency, innovative solutions in the built environment, governance and trade of mineral resources.
WRF 2017 – Geneva, Switzerland
“Accelerating the Resource Revolution”: governance of raw materials circular economy and sustainable recycling, resource efficiency and decoupling, lifecycle thinking, smart cities.
WRF 2016 Latin America and the Caribbean – San Josè, Costa Rica
‘Building Sustainable Cities and Lifestyles’: sustainable business and financing, bio-economy, sustainable lifestyles and education, sustainable and inclusive cities and buildings.
Swiss Resources Forum 2016
“From the Energy to the Resource Revolution”: the supply of critical metals and other resources needed for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, innovation and economic growth.
WRF 2015 – Davos, Switzerland
“Boosting Resource Productivity by Adopting the Circular Economy”: resource efficiency, investments in innovation for sustainable production, sustainable lifestyles for shared prosperity.
WRF 2015 Asia-Pacific – Sydney, Australia
‘Resource Productivity in the Asia Pacific’: resource productivity, enabling transition pathways and innovation through collaboration.
WRF 2014 – Arequipa, Peru
‘Innovation, Competitiveness and Resource Efficiency’: international policy coordination, cleaner production, resource policies for climate change, circular economy, measuring progress.
WRF 2013 – Davos, Switzerland
“Resource Efficiency, Governance and Lifestyles”: global resource governance, resource productivity and the social and environmental impact of current consumption and production systems.
WRF 2012 – Beijing, China
“Resources and Green Economy”: relation between resource scarcity, increasing prices and unsustainable use of resources with economic development and global stability.
WRF 2011 – Davos, Switzerland
“Shaping the Future of Natural Resources – Towards a Green Economy”: supply security, assessment methods, resource use indicators and targets, social impact of resource use, communication and education.
WRF 2009 – Davos, Switzerland and Nagoya, Japan
“Shaping the Future of Natural Resources”: natural resource use trends and limitations, eco-efficient technologies, economic frameworks.