The Latin American and Caribbean Circular Economy Coalition aims to provide a regional platform to enhance inter-ministerial, multi-sector and multi-stakeholder cooperation, increase knowledge and understanding of the circular economy, provide capacity building and assistance Technique for the development of public policies for the 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 based on their interest or their activities and scope in the circular economy. This participation is voluntary and does not represent any legal commitment, nor does it require a membership fee.
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The objective of the Coalition is to put the Circular Economy into practice in the region. For this, priority areas have been identified and the corresponding working groups have been created. By joining the Coalition, we invite you to join a working group and take action.
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” which 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 (NFPs) and Alternate Focal Points.
- Access first-hand knowledge and support 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 the consultation processes on the circular economy
- Access specialized technical assistance and international cooperation
- Participate in capacity building initiatives
Role of National Focal Points
The role of the National Focal Points (and their substitutes) consists in
- contribute 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 sectoral working groups, activities and events.
Non-governmental organisations, research institutes, academia, intergovernmental organisations, regional and international organisations, development banks and UN agencies can become Coalition affiliate organizations and initiatives. 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 that show sound financial management;
d) The entity respects the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and makes sure 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 and has proven relevant experience around the circular economy
 The Coalition Coordinator may, at his or her own discretion, and in consultation with the Steering Committee, exclude any Affiliated Organizations and Initiatives in case of non-compliance with UN values or in case of 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.
- Access technical support and first-hand knowledge in key areas to support the transition to a circular economy in the region
- Become part of a broad network of stakeholders to increase the visibility and reach of ongoing initiatives and find implementation partners for scaling up
- Access information, resources, tools or materials specific to the regional context to support a more specific and adapted project implementation
- Contribute to ongoing circular economy discourse and policy frameworks that harness synergies at national and regional levels
- Access specialized support from network partners
- Participate in capacity building 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
- participate actively in at least one sectoral working group
- 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 financing mechanisms for the circular economy
- Access to information, resources, tools or materials specific to the regional context to support better targeted and adapted project implementation
- Access to specialized 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
- 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 InitiativesDonors may choose to become involved in the same way as affiliated organizations and initiatives and
- offer technical, in-kind (expert services, venue, communication and outreach efforts, etc.), and financial support to the Coalition,
- collaborate in 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