UN partnership training boost to lead Victoria towards a circular economy

In a global first, the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) has secured a partnership with the United Nations System Staff College to provide circular economy training to 200 local government, community and industry leaders across Victoria.

The free six week course will build knowledge, expertise and leadership capability to accelerate Victoria’s transition to a circular economy and help Victoria meet targets in the Victorian Government’s circular economy plan Recycling Victoria: a new economy.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the partnership on 18 November. The Minister said:

“We’re excited to partner—in a global first—with the United Nations System Staff College to deliver this course to build our skills and capacity to transition to a circular economy.”

“This course will help councils and the waste sector to deliver the ambitious targets set out in Recycling Victoria: a new economy plan so we can reduce waste, boost jobs and tackle climate change.”

MWRRG is bringing the course to Victoria to help build knowledge, expertise and leadership in councils, community organisations and the waste and resource recovery sector. The Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria policy will help transition Victoria to a circular economy and transform its recycling system.

Jill Riseley, MWRRG CEO said:

“We’re helping to bring international knowledge and expertise in how to build a circular economy to Victoria. Councils are at the forefront of this transition, which is why we’re prioritising their participation.”

This engaging six week online course will focus on harnessing circular economy principles and systems based approaches to explore ways in which we can redesign our systems, products and services.

From turning waste into new products, embedding circular economy criteria in procurements and offering lifetime repairs on products—the course will demonstrate the countless ways we can transition Victoria to a circular economy.

200 participants will benefit from distinguished experts, international best practice and case studies to give them the skills to champion the circular economy in their workplaces and local communities.

“In attracting participants from across local and state government, community organisations and the waste and resource recovery sector, the partnership aims to build a groundswell of support across Victoria of how to transition to a circular economy.” Jill said

This course was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) explores the application of Circular Economy practices in the context of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Applications are open until 10 December 2021, with the course taking place for six weeks from 21 February 2022.

For more information on the course visit: mwrrg.vic.gov.au/circulareconomy

 

Last updated: 18/11/2021