The General Conference, in its resolution GC.18/Res.7, requested the UNIDO to organize consultations on circular economy for experts from Member States with a view to facilitating exchanges on best practices, and emerging innovations and the promotion and adoption of circular economy principles and practices by industries of Member States. The objective of the consultations on circular economy is to consider ways and means to promote circular economy principles and practices, in particular in developing countries, identify barriers and devise action-oriented solutions.
Beneath the almond and citrus fields of the San Joaquin Valley lies an enormous system of aquifers that feeds some of the world’s most productive farmland. Hundreds of miles north and east, along the Nevada border, is the Surprise Valley, a remote, high-desert region undergirded by cone-shaped hollows of sediment that hold deposits of water. Both of these water systems, along with every other groundwater basin in California — a whopping 515 entities — must create individually tailored plans to manage their water use more sustainably.
Consumer goods giants Unilever, Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive have agreed to fund and pilot innovations designed to improve supply chain sustainability through Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) accelerator scheme.
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Launched in 2018, the brewer’s 100+ Accelerator has supported 36 projects to date with more than $200m of funding. Key focus areas have included water efficiency and water stewardship; improving traceability; reducing pollution; increasing recycling rates and supporting renewable electricity generation and distribution.