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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 has been initiated 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 following are currently members:

Countries and the European Union



of Korea


New Zealand

South Africa

European Union


International organisations


United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Strategic partners


Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy
World Circular Economy Forum

Upcoming event

On 11 November 2021, from 18:00 until 19:30 CET, Japan and the EU, together with other partners, co-organise a side event at COP26 in Glasgow on ‘Circular Economy* Carbon Neutrality’. For more information and registration, please click here.

Other Events

  • The first High-Level Meeting of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) took place on 14 September 2021, in the sidelines of the World Circular Economy Forum. It was co-organised by the European Union in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO). A press release is available, as well as the final agenda. The report of the meeting is in preparation.
  • 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, the Norwegian Environment and Climate Change Minister Rotevatn and the Nigerian Federal Environment Minister Abubakar are also available.
  • 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