ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.


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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Green Circular Cities Coalition

What we are doing

The Green Circular Cities Coalition responds to the urgent need for the circular society in cities in Europe and Asia. The take-make-dispose economy has been identified as the root cause of environmental crises in cities. The economic development driven by production and consumption and the lack of closing-the-loop thinking and design has led to an increase in the amount of unwanted waste. Hence, the Coalition advocates the necessity of circular and systems thinking and facilitates knowledge exchange. It also provides local governments with frameworks that could support them in creating an enabling policy environment for the implementation of circular strategies, and promotes good and replicable practices with case studies, ultimately serving them to mainstream the concept of circularity in urban sustainable development planning by providing technical assistance, toolkits, and implementation guidance. Local governments participating in the Coalition will learn from and work with their peers, explore and experiment potential solutions, and equip with knowledge and the capacity for the circular transition.

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How we are tracking

- Number of city-match activities - Number of like-minded partners on board - Number of cities on board - Number of participants of the summit - Number of newsletter subscribers

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What we are achieving

ICLEI connects like-minded cities to exchange experiences and lessons learned on the way towards the circular economy, advocates the necessity of closing-the-loop thinking, identifies cities’ circular good practices, shares the latest knowledge and provides suggestions on mainstreaming the circular development in urban strategic planning and policies. ICLEI raises the attention on the circular development in cities and encourages multi-stakeholders dialogues by facilitating peer-learning and exchange. ICLEI pairs up like-minded cities and supports organizing on-site visits, workshops and offline meetings (whenever resources available), and distributes newsletters to feature good practices, innovation, and latest reports. Through the Coalition, local governments from Europe and East Asia are increasingly recognizing the circular development concept as a potential approach to achieve mutual-benefits, and are gradually shifting their mindsets from the end-of-pipe treatment of waste towards closed-loop thinking. This mindset change can have a positive influence on local governments’ actions to achieve zero-carbon society and the SDGs. Cities can further review, synergize and optimize existing policies and strategies via the lenses of circularity and life-cycle management.

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