The Regional Coalition on Circular Economy was launched in February during a virtual side event to the XXII Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment to create a common vision for a circular economy transition in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It will provide a platform for cross-sectoral collaboration and knowledge sharing to accelerate the move away from the linear economy of ‘take, make and waste’ to a circular economy that tackles global challenges such as biodiversity losses, pollution, and climate change. The circular economy offers growth opportunities that benefit society, business and the environment

The Regional Coalition is coordinated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and supported by a group of eight strategic partners, including the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy Coalition (PACE), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

It will be led by a steering committee comprising four high-level government representatives on a rotating basis, starting with Colombia, Costa Rica, Perú, and the Dominican Republic for the 2021-2022 period.

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