Agenda – 13 November 2018 (Internal Sessions)

Day 1
13 Nov 2018

Registration

We kindly advise the participants to come as early as possible for a smooth security clearance process.

Opening plenary

Opening notes from SwitchMed’s coordination team including UNIDO, UN Environment Economy Division and UN Environment MAP SCP/RAC. Overview of the day.
Carolina Gonzalez Mueller
Luc Reuter
Giorgio Mosangini
Burcu Tuncer

Deep-Dive into Each SwitchMed Component: Achievements and Lessons Learnt

Parallel working groups. Each component will have an internal exchange on the results and achievements of the first phase of SwitchMed. Beneficiaries, local partners and service providers are invited to share their experiences, challenges faced and lessons learned.


  • Working Group 1: MED TEST II component - Francesc Cambó Auditorium
The core aims of this session are to share practical experience in implementing the TEST methodology and to present the progress of the Med TEST II Programme in each country with a focus on the actual results in the pool of industrial demonstrations projects.

Main moderator:

Roberta de Palma, Chief Technical Adviser, Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, Department of Environment, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


  • Working Group 2: Policy component - Pau Gil Auditorium
While developing the SCP-NAP is a task that has been successfully undertaken, the new challenge ahead is SCP-NAP implementation in the context of the new international agenda 2030 of the SDG.  The participants will discuss expertise, lessons learned and good practices.

Main moderators:

Luc Reuter SwitchMed National Policy Coordinator at the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Magali Outters Team Leader, SwitchMed Policy, Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC)


  • Working Group 3: Green Entrepreneurship and Civil Society Organisations Component - Floor -1, Room 1-2
The session, opened to Local Partners and Local Mentors, has the purpose of analysing the activities implemented and give an overview about the future actions required to successfully replicate the training programme.

Main moderator:

Giorgio Mosangini, Team Leader, SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship & Civil Society, Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC)
Roberta de Palma
Luc Reuter
Magalí Outters
Giorgio Mosangini
13:00-14:00

Networking Lunch

Hands-on Workshops

Parallel sessions. Join our hands-on workshops for a unique learning opportunity with experts on the Circular Economy. Participants are invited to choose between one of the following sessions:

    • RECP (Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production) and Eco-Innovation in the Food sector (hosted by UNIDO) - Francesc Cambó Auditorium
    The main objective of the session is to exchange best practices and experience from implementing resource efficiency and eco innovation in the food sector across the southern Mediterranean countries. By end of the session, participants will have learned how to overcome particular barriers working with food industries on RECP, as well as eco innovative solutions for promoting upcycling and circular economy in the food industry. Speakers:
    • Martin Shuring, Head of Innovation, Food and Environmental Technologies, ttz-Bremerhaven
    • Chris Arvanitakis, Food Sector & Business Development expert

    • Bio waste management (hosted by SCP/RAC) - Floor 1, Room 3
    Biowaste plays a key role in sustainable waste management and in the implementation of circular economies. In the countries of the Mediterranean Basin, food waste represents the predominant fraction of bio-waste, reaching up to 30%-50% of total Municipal Solid Waste production. An insufficient fraction is currently treated through bio-waste treatment plant. Some countries even lack of bio-waste management strategies. The master class is intended to give an overview of the current best practices on management of organic waste as well as to delve into successful case studies at Regional, National and European level and to encourage an exchange of views on what constitutes sound policy-making in this respect. Speakers:
    • Francesc Giró, Director of Strategic Planning – Waste Agency of Catalonia, Ministry of Planning and Sustainability, Generalitat de Catalunya
    • Yara Saab, SCP/RAC

    • Toxic chemicals in Plastic production and recycling: The little BIG unknown (hosted by SCP /RAC) - Floor 2, Room 3-4The master class intends to nourish and bridge the topics of plastic waste including that in marine litter and the issue of toxic chemicals. The idea is to provide an overview of the link between plastic and its harmful properties both on human health and the environment. A subject often overlooked or assumed obvious which SCP/RAC wishes to give some insight on.The session is suggested to run through two topics, an brief introduction to plastics composition, processing and health impacts and the main focus being on the circularity of plastics, how to produce safer products and how to recycle them better, including debate on particular case studies.
    Speakers:
    • Ana Inés Fernández, Associate profesor, Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Química Física, University of Barcelona
    • Kimberley de Miguel, SCP/RAC
    • Pedro Fernández, SCP/RAC

    • Communicating Product Sustainability: 10 Guiding principles (hosted by UN Environment)The objective of the workshop is to present the Guidelines’ principles and enable SwitchMed beneficiaries and local teams of private sector to analyze and improve the way they communicate their products sustainability performance.
    Speakers:
    • Elisa Tonda, Head of Consumption and Production Unit, Resources and Market Branch, Economy Division,UN Environment
    • Luc Reuter,witchMed National Policy Coordinator, UN Environment
    • Yan Chang,UN Environment

    • #AMA Ask Me Anything Session for Green Entrepreneurs (hosted by SCP/RAC) Don't miss the opportunity to "ask anything you want" to our experts of the #AMA Session! Entrepreneurs, civil society organisations and practitioners working in social and eco-innovation are invited to this informal get-together to discuss about their challenges and get advise from our three experts in finance, communication and internationalisation strategies.
    Speakers:
    • Daniel Hires, SCP/RAC
    • Tracy El Achkar, Project Manager, Diane Foundation                                        
    • Juliana Mutis, Partner and General Director, Minka-dev
    • Sonia Ruiz, Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Institute of Social Innovation ESADE & Founder NOIMA
    16:00-16:30

    Refreshment Break

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