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A Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia

April 09, 2019

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia (ICLEI) have forged a collaboration to accelerate the transition to a circular economy in China. ICLEI opened its Beijing Office in March 2018, and is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

Cities play a critical role in the transition, and this collaboration will support the development of circular city case studies to enable the scale-up of circular solutions and inspire more cities to take action.

ICLE identifies circular development as one of their five interconnected pathways to provide a framework for the design of integrated solutions, and a guide that encourages holistic thinking for sustainable urban development through systemic changes. This welcome collaboration will see the Foundation and ICLEI exchanging insights and connections which will facilitate dialogue with key stakeholders.

As major engines for economic growth, cities can drive the circular economy agenda forward to unlock economic, environmental, and social benefits. This is particularly true in China where the pace of urbanisation is unprecedented - this is why the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is delighted to strengthen its collaboration with ICLEI East Asia, focusing on the development of case studies and tools, as well as fostering dialogue among municipal stakeholders to accelerate the transition.

- Joss Blériot, Executive Officer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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