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OAS convenes high-level dialogue on the transition to a Circular Economy in the Americas

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The event will be opened by the Secretary General of the Organization, Mr. José Miguel Insulza and will include the participation of renowned world leaders in the field of Circular Economy, such as Dr. Ton Bastein, from the Organization for Applied Scientific Research Centre of the Netherlands (TNO), co-author of the report “Opportunities for Circular Economy in the Netherlands” and the architect and chair of the Meta-Council on Circular Economy of the World Economic Forum, Mr. William McDonough who is also co-author of “Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the way we make things”.

During the dialogue, experiences in Colombia, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago will be discussed in the framework of the Closed Loop Cycle Production in the Americas program showing the potential for replication of this program in other countries in the region as a contribution to sustainable development.

The Declaration of Santo Domingo for the Sustainable Development of the Americas resolved to promote sustainable development of all productive sectors in the Hemisphere and foster improved environmental performance of the productive sectors in the countries of the Hemisphere, promoting sustainable patterns of production and consumption. In this context, the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS has worked with international strategic partners in introducing and applying the design and production methodology inspired by the design principles of Cradle-to-Cradle®. This methodology focuses on developing the circular reuse of everything we produce and enters the market as an alternative to the linear economic model of “take-make-waste”.

The event has the support of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (for its acronym in English, ECPA), which runs the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS.

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The event will be transmitted live via Webcast on the OAS webpage:

WHAT: “High Level meeting on the Transition toward Circular Economies in the Americas”
WHEN: May 04, 2015 from 9AM – 5PM
WHERE: Hall of the Americas

General Secretariat of the Organization of American States

17th & Constitution Ave. NW

Washington, D.C 20006