A circular economy is a paradigm which can contribute to reducing the economic, environmental and social costs of resource use, while at the same time strengthening economic competitiveness, reducing poverty, and providing better quality of life, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A circular economy transition can contribute to SDG 12 (“ensuring sustainable consumption and production”) by keeping resource use at or below regeneration levels, rethinking production and consumption processes to minimize waste and pollution and extending product lifecycles and broad sharing of assets.
Through a new three-year project, financed from the 13th tranche of the UN Development Account, UNECE, together with partners within and beyond the UN system, will support selected transition countries in accelerating the shift towards a more circular economy.
“In the journey towards sustainable economic recovery, no one should be left behind. This project will help bring forward the voices of transition economies on issues related to circularity and sustainability” stressed Ms. Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary.
As one key deliverable, the project will create a multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing network to develop and disseminate evidence-based good policy practices on circularity. Some of the good practices developed by this network will then be piloted in three UNECE programme countries.
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