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Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE)

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.

Launch event

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.

Other Events

  • The launch of the Circular Economy Coalition for Latin America and the Caribbean, a regional endeavour similar to GACERE, took place on 1 February 2021. More information is available here.
  • A session ‘Towards a Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency’ was organised on 3 November 2020 as part of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference 2020. A panel comprising representatives of Canada, Colombia, Singapore, South Africa and the European Commission discussed how to support the circular economy transition globally and the possible role of GACERE to this end. A summary report of the session is available here.

Relevant Documents

  • Concept Note for GACERE and its Annex.