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2020 Bled Strategic Forum



In addition to the familiar livestreamed sessions, a strong digital component of this year’s conference will open the possibility of online participation allowing us to host speakers and participants who unable to travel to Bled in person, and to stimulate virtual audience engagement.


14.00–16.30 | The 5th Circular Change Conference: Stewarding Sustainability Transformations in Slovenia

In partnership with Circular Change and the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Slovenia.

The Circular Change Conference is one of the key European meeting points of circular economy changemakers. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its 5th edition has been transformed into a “virtual roadshow” that consists of 5 events and 5 partnerships.

The collaboration with Bled Strategic Forum is the result of joined ambition to engage the whole spectrum of different stakeholders and stress the importance of systemic, transdisciplinary, and inclusive approach in the process of rethinking the economy and society of the future. We are putting security (in terms of healthcare) and economic recovery (in terms of green recovery) forward.

The ambition of the 5th Circular Change Conference is to mainstream the circular economy mindset on all levels of decision making and acting. In partnership with the 15th edition of BSF, Circular Change Conference is introducing an online event within which it will address 1) An insight into EU green & circular recovery and 2) Stewarding Sustainability Transformations in Slovenia.

Through the entire Circular Change Conference, we are exploring the mindset – how to rethink our values and redefine our patterns, definitions, metrics, habits, decision-making processes… Addressing SDG’S, European Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan as well as the Green Recovery interventions. We are bridging top-down and bottom-up approaches, introducing circular measures taken by governments as well as circular initiatives launched by citizens.

Our focus will be Slovenia in the context of European “new reality”: What does Slovenia have to offer? From the Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia (2018) to the launch of A Deep Demonstration of a Circular, Regenerative and Low-Carbon Economy in Slovenia with EIT Climate-KIC (2019/2020) – the journey will pave the way towards sustainability as one of the topics of Slovenia’s Presidency of the European Council (2021).


14.00–14.15 | Welcome remarks

Video address by Mr Tone Kajzer, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

Mr Andrej Vizjak, Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia

Ms Ladeja Godina Košir, Chair, ECESP, and Founder of Circular Change


14.15–14.30 | Welcome remarks

Ms Kirsten Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer, EIT Climate-KIC


14.30–15.15 | Plenary Session 1: An insight into EU green & circular recovery/ followed by Q&A

Video address by Mr Nick Bridge, Foreign Secretary’s COP26 Envoy, Special Representative for Climate Change Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mr Freek van Eijk, Managing Director, Holland Circular Hotspot

Mr Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Mr Barna Kovacs PhD, Secretary-General, BIOEAST Initiative


15.15–16.00 | Plenary Session 2: Stewarding Sustainability Transformations in Slovenia / followed by Q&A

Ms Cliona Howie, Head, Circular Economy Climate KIC

Ms Janja Kreitmayer McKenzie, Senior Policy Advisor at Ministry for the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia

Ms Mojca Markizeti, Sustainability Manager, Iskraemeco

Mr Gregor Skender, Manager, Deloitte Slovenia


16.00–16.30 | Open Discussion & Session Highlights

More information is available through the CCC website.



16.00–17.30 | City Diplomacy and the Future of Multilateralism

In partnership with Global Diplomacy Lab.

Mayors and local leaders increasingly connect across borders to coordinate their efforts, advocacy, and response to global challenges, such as climate change, inequalities, migration, and the COVID-19 pandemic. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, this session will explore the implications of the growing role of cities on the multilateral space. A panel with an international affairs expert, a city official and a leader from the civil society will be followed by breakout rooms where participants will discuss the links between the local and international governance levels.


Ms Anya Margaret Baum, Strategic Advisory to the Social Projects Department of the City of Warsaw

Mr Nicolas Gharbi, Principal Advisor for International Affairs to the Mayor of Madrid

Dr Boštjan Udovič, Associate Professor for Diplomatic Studies at University of Ljubljana


More information about the Global Diplomacy Lab is available through their website. Do not forget to register your participation by clicking HERE.