26 Jan 2018 Press release Green economy

UN Environment and Ellen MacArthur Foundation sign new agreement

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment have entered into a new agreement to scale up and accelerate the shift towards a circular economy. Such an economy supports sustainable consumption and production systems which are central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

On 24 January, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Ellen MacArthur and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, announced an agreement that will see the organizations focus their joint efforts on stimulating public-private sector engagement with circular economy solutions. This will include strengthening the scientific basis for policy decisions, including at city level, to decouple economic development from environmental degradation. 

The announcement was made alongside the launch of the World Economic Forum's Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE). PACE brings together companies, organisations and governments to create innovative partnerships that drive actions at global and regional levels to decouple economic growth from resource use. 

This announcement was originally posted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.