Overview of WRF 2019

WRF Geneva 2019 Conference on Raw Materials & Sustainable Consumption and Production

Making Natural Resource Governance Fit for the 21st Century” is the leading theme of WRF2019, to be held in Geneva, October 23-24, 2019. It is the moment to continue the emerging dialogue on how we manage our natural resources. The mining of primary materials and the recycling and re-use of secondary materials face increasing economic, environmental, and social challenges. The World Resources Forum 2017, held in Geneva, was a sharp wake-up call that a massive international effort is needed in order to reach the objectives of the Paris Climate Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are tightly linked to natural resources.

The final report of the EC H2020 FORAM project, led by WRF on behalf of an international consortium, has identified important recommendations in the field of raw materials, and revealed a widely-felt need to improve international cooperation and governance, building on existing networks and initiatives. UN Environment’s International Resource Panel is working on this topic as well and has reported trends and findings to the 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly, held in Nairobi in March 2019. The Ministerial Declaration of the 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly has reaffirmed that poverty eradication, promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production and protecting the natural resource base of economic and social development are the essential requirements for sustainable development.

Through its unique position as informal expert platform, with solid links to governments, businesses, science and society at large, the World Resources Forum contributes to global exchange of knowledge and improvement of international cooperation, and will thus dedicate its upcoming conference to these issues.

Conference format

Two exhilarating days complete with a mix of plenary and scientific sessions and co-created workshops with conference partners, resulting in business engagement, a high-level political dialogue, and a conference summary or statement. In short, the signature WRF format, carefully designed to deliver open and involving multi-stakeholder dialogue.


Conference Theme

As a result of the ambitious outcomes of the United Nations Environment Assembly and related conferences and networks, it is imperative and urgent now to anchor sustainable development considerations into all sectoral policies and make the link to sustainable consumption and production programs, based upon life-cycle approaches. Hence, the theme for World Resources Forum 2019, to be held in Geneva, from 23-24 October 2019, is “Anchoring Natural Resources and Raw Materials Management for Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

The main topics include:

  • Natural resource management
  • Primary materials
  • Recycling and re-using secondary materials
  • Natural resources and economic, environmental, and social challenges
  • Technological innovations for resource use
  • SDGs and the Paris Agreement
  • Livelihoods, quality of life, and natural resources

Call for Papers

The call for papers is closed. We look forward to exciting scientific sessions.

Key topics are:

  • Policies and Governance
  • Technology, Industry and Environment
  • Lifestyles, Communication and Education

WRF 2017 scientific papers can be found in the newly published WRF 2017 book