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July 27, 2022

Webinar series on financing the circular economy

UNEP FI, UNEP, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), IDB invest, the eco.business Development Facility and its Sustainability Academy, GO4SDGs, Circular Economy Coalition are organizing a series of webinars exploring how financial institutions can accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The events will be held in Spanish, with simultaneous translation into English and Portuguese from June to October 2022.

· 9 June: Financing the Circular Economy | Watch the recording;
· 3 August: The Circular Economy as the key element in the race to Net Zero | Registration Form;
· 24 August: Financing the Circular Economy applied to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
· 21 September: Setting targets linked to the Circular Economy
· 17 October: Determining taxonomies and metrics applicable to the Circular Economy

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July 19, 2022

IGPN Held Webinar to Discuss How Environmentally Friendly Product and Green Purchasing to Tackle Climate Change

The International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN) Webinar was held on July 12, 2022, members met to discuss survey report of . About 20 participants such as IGPN members from Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippine, India, China, China Hong Kong, and UNEP Official, and representative from TCO Development attended the webinar.

The webinar was hosted by the IGPN Secretariat-China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), chaired by Ms. ZHANG Xiaodan, CEC general manager. Mr. CHEN Yanping, Chair of IGPN, presented his speech in opening remarks, “Green purchasing aims to facilitate sustainable consumption and production, it could be an important tool for carbon reduction and carbon neutrality in the world. I hope with in-depth discussion to provide valuable recommendations on how to synergize SCP and climate change.” Mr. Farid Yaker, the program officer of UNEP Economic Division, introduced the ongoing activities of UNEP for Mitigating Climate Change through Low Carbon Procurement. It has presented recommendations on policy integration, practice as well as public and private collaboration on green procurement to tackle climate change. Mr. Augustine Koh, Chair of GPN Malaysia, affirmed the findings of the survey report and put forward suggestions as how to leverage the role of IGPN platform and extend good practice.

The report of was compiled by IGPN Secretariat based on the survey of practices, measures, and approaches of IGPN Members in advocating green purchasing activities to tackle climate change. In the summary speech, Ms. ZHANG Xiaodan said: “This survey report is the one of the achievements of IGPN Secretariat annual work plan. Next, based on the outcomes of this webinar and further comments and suggestions, the Secretariat will finalize the report and release it in late 2022 in order to give full play of the role of green purchasing in global response to climate change”.

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July 7, 2022

E-learning course on Due Diligence for Garment and Footwear supply chains

The OECD has launched this course which is free and is composed of two modules: the OECD Sectorial Guidance module will introduce the sector and present the key characteristics and background to RBC and development of the OECD Garment and Footwear Guidance. The second module on the OECD Due Diligence Framework, will present the due diligence process step by step and help participants consider key issues such as purchasing practices and stakeholder engagement.

More in details at OECD website.

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