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Informal Meeting of Environment/Climate Ministers

Informal Meeting of Environment/Climate Ministers

The Informal Meeting of Environment/Climate Ministers will explore three themes: circular economy, biodiversity and climate change. Europe's future wellbeing and prosperity depend on our ability to find solutions to the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity. A circular economy can provide us with tools to solve the sustainability crisis.

On Thursday 11 July, the first working session will be dedicated to the EU's internal discussion on its climate ambition and messages. During the second working session, all delegations will discuss the increasing global ambition in climate change. They will also examine views on international objectives to halt the loss of biodiversity after 2020.

Friday 12 July will be dedicated to the circular economy. The first working session will focus on the potential of circular economy solutions to tackle the most wicked problems: climate change and biodiversity loss. The meeting will end with a discussion on the next steps for a possible EU circular economy 2.0.

Preliminary Programme

11 July Thursday

08:15 Doorstep and handshake

09:00 Working session I Climate change; EU climate ambition and messages

11:15 Handshake

11.30 Working session II Climate change; Enhancing global ambition

13:00 Family photo

13:15 Working lunch for the Heads of Delegations: Post 2020 global biodiversity framework; EU role, input and level of ambition

  • Keynote by Ms. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, PhD, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity and UN Assistant Secretary-General

15:15 Press conference

12 July Friday

08.15 Doorstep and handshake

09:00 Working session, Circular economy I: Potential of circular economy solutions to tackle the most wicked problems: climate change and biodiversity loss

  • Keynote by Mr. Per Klevnäs, Partner, Material Economics

11:30 Working session, Circular economy II: Discussion on the next steps for a possible EU circular economy 2.0

  • Keynote by Mr. Jyrki Katainen Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness 

13:45  Press conference

For media

Accreditation

Media guide

Indicative media programme

circular economy
climate
environment

Time

11.7.2019 – 12.7.2019

Location

Mannerheimintie 13, Helsinki, Suomi

Organiser

Ministry of the Environment