On Circular Economy
The Coalition, coordinated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), is led by a steering committee composed of four high-level government representatives on a rotating basis, starting with Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Peru for the period 2021 – 2022. In addition, it is made up of eight international organizations called Strategic Partners.
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The Circular Economy Coalition its composed by High-level Representatives, the Strategic Partners, and the Coordinator. The main objectives of the Steering Committee are to promote cooperation among countries that implement the circular economy, mobilize resources, convene representatives of the private sector, NGOs, and regional and international organizations to participate and collaborate with the Coalition, as well as to develop a common vision and regional work plan on circular economy.
The Steering Committee is composed of four High-level Government Representatives, either Minister or Vice-Minister from different countries and their respective technical focal points. Its members will serve for a period of two years from the date of creation and launch of the Circular Economy Coalition. For the first period 2021 – 2023, Colombia and Peru join the Coalition as President and Vice President, respectively.
Colombia - President
Carlos Correa, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
Rolando Castro, Vice Minister of Environmental Management
Milagros de Camps, Vice Minister of International Cooperation.
Perú - Vice-president
Mariano Casto, Vice Minister of Environmental Management
The Coalition brings together the unique expertise, mandate, and knowledge of eight strategic partners, who came together to build cooperation, identify synergies, and deliver a more coherent support to countries and to the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region, creating a bigger impact, while avoiding duplications.
Inter-American Bank (IDB)
It is one of the main sources of long-term financing for the economic, social and institutional development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to improve lives through financial and technical support.
Climate Technology Centre & Network
Is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. The Centre promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries. It provides technical assistance to assess the circular economy status of countries for the development of circular economy roadmaps.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy in order to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time, such as plastic pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss. The Foundation works with, and inspires, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilize systems solutions at scale, globally.
Konrad Adenauer Foundation
The Regional Programme for Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA) of KAS promotes the circular economy as an instrument for sustainable development and supports the development of circular public policies at local and national levels in Latin America .
Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy
PACE is a global community of leaders working together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. We bring leaders together from across business, government, and civil society to develop a collective agenda and drive ambitious action.
United Nations Environment Programme
Leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Supports the adoption of circular economy principles that would lead to higher resource efficiency and less waste and is one of the leading UN agencies in regard to implementing and monitoring SDG 9 on Industry, innovation and infrastructure.
World Economic Forum
Brings together the most relevant leaders from all sectors of global society and identify the best ways to address the world’s most significant challenges. Through its Circular Economy Initiative, it gathers private, public, civil society and expert stakeholders to accelerate the circular economy transition.
The United Nations Environment Program – Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, will provide the permanent coordination arrangements for the Regional Coalition. Among its main roles and responsibilities are the coordination of administrative and operational tasks of the Circular Economy Coalition.
The Circular Economy Coalition is composed of governments, actors from the private sector and the civil society, research institutes, cooperation agencies, development banks, and all relevant actors interested in sharing knowledge and learning about circular economy.
All national focal points of the Regional Council of Government Experts on Sustainable Consumption and Production will be members of the Coalition (endorsed and responding to the mandate of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Forum of Ministers of Environment). All other government representatives sending a formal notification to the Coordinator can be considered Governmental Members of the Coalition.
Private Sector and Civil Society
Any company, business, SMEs, NGO, university, institution and regional or international organization can become a member of the Coalition, taking into account a series of selection criteria defined by the Steering Committee.
Cooperation agencies and development banks
Any multilateral and bilateral cooperation agency, development bank and financial institution can participate in the Coalition. They can contribute to the events, dialogues, and other activities, and they can become donors of the Coalition.
The Circular Economy Coalition will respond to regional and national priorities. In its first year, it will focus in key sectors: