In the March 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission proposed a global alliance to identify knowledge and governance gaps in advancing a global circular economy and take forward partnership initiatives, including major economies.
Bringing together governments and relevant networks and organisations, the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) aims to provide a global impetus for initiatives related to the circular economy transition, resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production, building on efforts being deployed internationally. GACERE members will do so by working together and advocating at the political level and in multilateral fora, in particular at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and in G7/G20.
GACERE is being established by the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The EU and the following countries have joined GACERE (status: 22 February 2021): Canada, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Rwanda and South Africa.
GACERE was launched on Monday 22 February 2021 in the margins of the first segment of the fifth meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5). Find out more on our event webpage.
The video of the event can be accessed here and the press release here. Recorded video-messages by Commissioner Sinkevičius and Norwegian Environment and Climate Change Minister Rotevatn are also available.