The governance, management and use of natural resources play a pivotal role in the global transition towards green, low-carbon and resilient economies. Such policies and processes are decisive for humankind’s ability to successfully cope with the interlinked environmental crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Only by having in place sustainable, equitable and inclusive processes for harnessing resources, the transition can deliver distributed and long-lasting environmental, economic and social benefits.
This is why we need a ‘Green Deal for Sustainable Resources‘: a wide engagement and commitment of all societal stakeholders to collaborate on solutions for the sustainable extraction, use and recovery of natural resources. The World Resources Forum 2021 aims at providing the grounds for stakeholders from policy, science, industry and civil society to come together and engage in an open and inspiring dialogue to discuss the most pressing challenges and co-create solutions for a prosperous future. For all.
Fair resource extraction for a quality future
From waste to resources for development
Designing circular systems for resources
for 3 days of online sessions
in Accra (Ghana) and Zurich (Switzerland)
from policy, science, industry and civil society
with keynotes, panel debates, workshops, scientific sessions and networking
Ghana Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
“In times of fake news, the WRF has reliably proven its capacity to establish, and make known, the true state of the art in research on resource use.”
“A conference series that expands outside the usual comfort zone of OECD countries. Sustainable use of resources involves everyone! The WRF also brings to the table the countries whose resources are exploited.”
“The WRF conference brings together the global academic, business, policy and activist communities to analyse and reflect on the pressing environmental issues of the day. These are truly interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral gatherings. WRF is an important international agenda setter in the sustainability arena.”
“Accelerating the Resource Revolution is the right issue to be addressed and the WRF is the right place to be for all who care for the future of humanity.”
“Using our materials smarter, less and longer is key to fulfil the needs of our citizens, offer sustainable growth to our industries and preserve the resources of our planet.”
“Moving towards the Sustainable Development Goals makes it imperative that we boost the resource efficiency of our global economy. We must learn to be green, clean, circular, and sharing in the way we grow.”
"Greatly increased resource efficiency is being increasingly recognised as an imperative for achieving both the Paris Agreement climate target and the Sustainable Development Goals. The World Resources Forum is the premier annual meeting that keeps resource efficiency in focus and builds global momentum towards putting in place the required policies to promote it."