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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation signs new agreement with UN Environment

January 24, 2018

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has entered into a new agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the leading global environment authority, 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.

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Today,  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 organisations 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. 

An outdated, take-make-dispose linear economy is the root cause of some of today’s most challenging problems. The circular economy provides a framework to design an economy that is restorative and regenerative, and creates benefits for society and the environment. I am delighted to work with UN Environment to further our shared goals of scaling up and accelerating this systemic shift at a global level.

- Dame Ellen MacArthur - Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The announcement was made alongside the launch of the World Economic Forum's Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), for which the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a Knowledge Partner and is represented at board level. 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. 

The circular economy is also of particular interest to the International Resource Panel, a group of eminent scientists, expert in the technical and socio-economic issues around resource management, set up by United Nations Environment in 2007, to build and share the knowledge necessary to improve resource use globally. Indeed, the agreement aims to combine the Panel's scientific knowledge and the Foundation's circular economy expertise in a range of content collaborations.