The Latin American and the Caribbean Circular Economy Coalition launched its document "Circular economy in Latin America and the Caribbean: a shared vision". The paper presents a vision of what a circular economy should look like in the region with the intent to create alignment and cooperation among countries, as well as guide future projects.
The document is an important milestone for the coalition, and presents a common vision that contemplates the unique characteristics and potential of Latin America and the Caribbean, so that governments, companies and other stakeholders in the region are aligned and can cooperate with success towards a common goal.
According to the document, Latin America and the Caribbean should have a circular economy that is developed by and for the region. It should be tailored to its characteristics and challenges to foster a resilient recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“By limiting waste and keeping materials and products in use, the LAC region has a huge opportunity to build a restorative and regenerative economy that can benefit business, society, and the environment. We are very pleased to join this important coalition and to continue to provide technical support. I believe that this cooperation will generate a strong momentum in contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the region,” said Director Rose Mwebaza of the UN Climate Technology Centre & Network which is providing technical support for circular economy strategies to 11 countries in the region.
The Latin America and the Caribbean Circular Economy Coalition was formed in 2021 to serve as a platform for exchanging best circular economy practices and promoting cooperation between governments, businesses and society in the region. It is coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 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 Perú for the 2021-2022 period, and brings together eight strategic partners: the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and UNEP.
The recorded launch event is available here (in Spanish).
La economía Circular en America Latina y el Caribe: Una visión Compartida
El documento es un hito importante de la Coalición, y presenta una visión común que contempla las características únicas y el potencial de América Latina y el Caribe, para que los gobiernos, las empresas y otras partes interesadas de la región estén alineados y puedan cooperar con éxito hacia un objetivo común.