Mayors and municipalities for circular economy

ISWA’s Initiative for Mayors and Municipalities was established in 2018 by Philip Heylen, Honorary Vice Mayor of the City of Antwerp, with the support of the Board of ISWA.
ISWA's mission is to promote and develop sustainable waste management worldwide, to create a cleaner-healthier planet. To achieve this, ISWA's knowledge and best practices need to be accessible to decision makers and those who influence policy on local, regional and national levels.
ISWA’s Initiative is proud to partner with OVAM – Public Waste Agency of Flanders for the 2019 World Resources Forum. OVAM will be hosting the 2019 event where the key theme will be solutions and practices to move from a linear and fossil to a circular and low carbon economy. The forum will consider opportunities and practical solutions which take into account case studies of what has and has not worked, and why.  
The format will take the shape of a panel consisting of ISWA IMM Ambassador Philip Heylen, alongside Mayors of Bergen, Porto, Bilbao, Rotterdam, Sao Paolo and Beirut, and a representative of Be’ah, Oman. The speakers and the questions will address some of the key themes of the WRF, specifically ‘Closing Loops – Transitions at Work’ – we will invite the speakers to share best practices on the steps they have taken locally to achieve a circular economy through better waste and resource management.
The session will conclude with the formal signing of an MOU between UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and ISWA. UCLG is the umbrella group which represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage.
The session will also serve as a platform for the IMM to launch their first report, a small handbook for decision makers based on the Global Waste Management Outlook.


Date and time:

Monday 25 February, 14:00 - 16:00


Flanders Meeting & Convention Center
Queen Elisabeth Hall

Hosted by:

ISWA - International Solid Waste Association