Members

The Latin America and Caribbean Circular Economy Coalition aims to provide a regional platform to enhance inter-ministerial, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation, increase knowledge and understanding on circular economy, provide capacity building and technical assistance for the development of public policies for circular economy and sustainable consumption and production.

The Coalition is an open platform. Any interested institution, organization, NGO, and government can join as a member of the Coalition according to their interest, work, and scope on the circular economy. Such participation is voluntary and does not represent any legal commitment, nor a membership fee.

Types of membership

The Circular Economy Coalition was officially launched on February 1, 2021 during the XXII Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean. In this Forum, all the Governments of the Region adopted the Decision “Sustainable Consumption and Production and Circular Economy – Key Drivers for Post-COVID-19 Sustainable Recovery” that recognizes the establishment of the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean. All countries in the region are invited to join the Coalition and to designate their National Focal Points (NFP) and Alternate Focal Points.

Benefits

  • Access support and first-hand knowledge to become a leading country driving the transition to a circular economy in the region
  • Disseminate national and subnational circular economy initiatives on regional and global platforms, increasing visibility and leadership
  • Share and receive information and gain knowledge about regional and national initiatives and projects
  • Contribute to political frameworks that generate synergies at the national and regional level and contribute to consultation processes on the circular economy
  • Access specialized technical assistance and international cooperation
    Participate in capacity development initiatives

Role of National Focal Points

The role of the National Focal Points (and their alternates) consists of

  • contribute to and support the activities of the Coalition
  • share information about their national CE activities with the Steering Committee and other members of the Coalition
    share information about the circular economy and the work of the Coalition with different ministries, local governments and stakeholders within your country.

All NFPs are invited to actively participate in the Coalition’s sector working groups, activities and events.

Non-governmental organizations, research institutes, academia, intergovernmental organizations, regional and international organizations, development banks and UN agencies can become affiliated organizations and initiatives of the Coalition. They must meet the following criteria:

a) The entity has never violated the sanctions established by the UN Security Council;
b) The entity works against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery;
c) The entity has publicly available audited financial statements, which show sound financial management;
d) The entity respects the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and ensures that it is not complicit in human rights abuses;
e) The entity undertakes initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
f) The entity is committed to and has proven relevant experience in the circular economy

[1] The Coalition Coordinator may, at its own discretion and in consultation with the Steering Committee, exclude any Affiliated Organization and Initiative in the event of non-compliance with UN values ​​or exposure to reputational risk. In this case, the member will be informed of the Coalition’s decision, and their name will be removed from the Coalition’s website.

Benefits

  • Access technical support and first-hand knowledge in key areas to support the transition to a circular economy in the region
  • Be part of a wide network of actors to increase the visibility and reach of ongoing initiatives and find implementation partners for their scale-up
  • Access information, resources, tools or materials specific to the regional context to support more targeted and tailored project implementation
  • Contribute to ongoing circular economy discourse and policy frameworks that harness synergies at national and regional levels
  • Access specialist support from network partners
    Participate in capacity development initiatives

Role of Affiliated Organizations and Initiatives

Affiliated organizations and initiatives

  • provide technical, in-kind (expert services, venue, communication and outreach efforts, etc.) or financial support to the Coalition, and
  • collaborate on joint activities, training, events, projects and/or other initiatives, at the regional or national level, to support the implementation of the
  • Coalition’s work plan and
    actively participate in at least one sectoral working group

 

The private sector, referring to companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), business associations and chambers of commerce, among others, can become allies of the Coalition. They must meet the criteria listed above. In addition, they must also meet the following specific criteria:

Comply with the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the case of large companies or be aligned with these principles in the case of SMEs
Be committed to advancing the circular economy in your industry and value chain, through ongoing initiatives (or in the process of doing so) that pilot and implement a circular economy approach or integrate circularity into your business model (both for large companies as well as for SMEs)
Have public access information about their commitments and objectives to move towards a circular economy (for both large companies and SMEs)

Benefits

  • Pioneering innovative projects and initiatives that put the circular economy into practice in the region
  • Access to alliances and a wide range of stakeholders to share and replicate best practices and emerging solutions
  • Increased visibility and reach of ongoing initiatives and finding partners for implementation
  • Participation in public-private dialogues on framework conditions including or financing mechanisms for the circular economy
  • Access to information, resources, tools or materials specific to the regional context to support better targeted and tailored project implementation
  • Access to specialist support from network partners
    capacity development

Role of Private Sector Allies

  • Contribute to and support Coalition projects or initiatives and actively participate in at least one of the
  • Coalition’s thematic working groups
  • Contribute in-kind (expert services, venue, communication and outreach efforts, etc.) and/or funding or co-funding
    Contribute own projects and initiatives aligned with the objectives and work plan of the Coalition

Countries, multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies, development banks and financial institutions can become donors to the Coalition and support the implementation of the work plan through financial contributions and/or joint efforts to mobilize resources.

Benefits

  • Accelerate the transition towards a Circular Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean, and thus promote the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement
  • Be part of a wide network of actors from governments, the private sector, institutions, NGOs, intergovernmental and international and regional organizations that work in circular economy
  • Greater coordination and synergies, as well as greater impact and effectiveness of projects and programs
  • Exchange of information, resources, tools or materials specific to the regional context to support more specific actions adapted to the regional context

Donor as Affiliated Organizations and Initiatives

Donors may choose to become involved in the same way as affiliated organizations and initiatives and

  • provide technical, in-kind (expert services, venue, communication and outreach efforts, etc.) and financial support to the Coalition,
  • collaborate on joint activities, training, events, projects and/or other initiatives, at the regional or national level, to support the implementation of the
  • Coalition’s work plan
    actively participate in at least one sectoral working group

Get involved

The aim of the Coalition is to bring Circular Economy into action in the region.  To do so, priority areas were identified and corresponding working groups were set up.  As you join the Coalition we invite you to join a working group and take action.

Join a Working Group

How to apply to become part of the Coalition

To become part of the coalition, the interested party must complete the application form below and attach a letter of endorsement from their legal representative, general manager or regional or national representative. If you wish, please use the attached template. The members of the Steering Committee will evaluate the applications and approve or reject them, based on the criteria mentioned above. The admission of new members will be made every quarterly. Once approved, additional information regarding communication and use of the logo, among others, will be sent and members will be listed on the Coalition website.
All countries in the region are invited to be part of the Coalition and to nominate their National Focal Points (NFP) and Alternate Focal Points. This nomination can be sent by means of an official letter addressed to the UNEP Regional Director and Representative for the Office of Latin America and the Caribbean and sent to [email protected]