UN circular economy course a springboard for action across Victoria 

MWRRG’s circular economy leadership course, run in partnership with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) should be used as a springboard for action across Victoria, advised key speakers.

In the final week, Cameron McKenzie, CEO of ASPIRE, a company described as the eBay for waste and excess resources explained how his platform matches businesses producing waste with those that can put it to good use. For example, one organic manufacturer in Queensland, was producing off cut herb stalks, which a waste upcycler was turning into compost. The platform not only saves the businesses money in procurement costs and diverts waste from landfill but saves councils money by not having to process the waste at a transfer station

Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, a Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University, challenged delegates to think about the interdependency of the systems in our environment. He neatly summarised this by telling delegates ‘One system’s waste, is another system’s lunch.’ He said change needs to happen from within as an evolution of the system, rather than a revolution, delivered through collective action by people working in equilibrium. He also cautioned against tokenism when including Indigenous people and knowledge in discussions about sustainability.

While delegates have met online for the past five weeks, they were brought together in a hybrid event for the final week with nearly 100 delegates meeting in person in Melbourne and 144 joining online.

Delegates were given the opportunity to join a dedicated LinkedIn alumni group which currently has 176 members, and to form communities of practice to share knowledge and work on collective issues based on shared interest into the future.

Over the past six weeks delegates have heard from circular economy trailblazers, United Nations representatives and international and Australian leaders from business, social enterprise, and local and state government.

Their expertise has allowed delegates to build their knowledge, and leadership capability to become agents of change in Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.

Each week MWRRG staff have published a blog reflecting on the week’s theme:

MWRRG thanks the United Nations System Staff College for delivering this course in a global first partnership.

UN Summer Academy 

If you completed the circular economy course and would like to learn more about concepts to help understand the notion of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda, you may be interested in signing up for the UN Summer Academy course 2022 which runs from 27 June to 1 July. 

The course promises to be highly interactive and engaging, featuring key expert speakers and thought leaders, and discussion to tackle possible solutions for the 2030 Agenda. 

Last updated: 09/05/2022