Global Center on Circular Economy to advance circularity worldwide

17 April 2024 16:37

Brussels/New Delhi - Leaders of the India-based International Council for Circular Economy, the African Circular Economy Network, and other organizations have issued a manifesto calling for the creation of a new Global South Center on Circular Economy in India. The Center would serve as a clearinghouse for ideas to advance circularity worldwide.

Advocates for expanding reusing and recycling more materials worldwide have issued a manifesto calling for the establishment of a Global Center on Circular Economy in New Delhi, India that would help the Global South develop more sustainable businesses.
Entitled “Manifesto of the Global South Center on Circular Economy, hosted by India and supported by Global South Partners,” the document aims to foster a pro-planet mindset, strengthen supply chains, coordinate policies, and exchange knowledge to drive transformative change and sustainable commerce on a global scale, according to the India-based International Council for Circular Economy, or ICCE, in a press release issued on April 16.

“In the face of escalating environmental challenges and unsustainable consumption patterns, we, the undersigned, are compelled to address the pressing need for transformative action towards a more sustainable future,” stated the manifesto published on April 15.

Signatories issued the manifesto after meeting in Brussels for the World Circular Economy Forum 2024 on April 15. They included ICCE Managing Director Shalini Goyal Bhalla, Chris Whyte for the African Circular Economy Network, Beatriz Luz of Exchange4Change in Brazil, and Treesuvit (David) Arriyavat of the ASEAN Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform in Thailand. 

According to Ms. Shalini Goyal Bhalla, Managing Director at ICCE, “the Global South ought to take the grip on itself to lead a circular transition, ultimately leading to mitigating climate change."

“The transition to a circular economy for the global south is imperative to meet the needs for a just and sustainable future,” said Chris Whyte, founder and Executive Director of the African Circular Economy Network. “There are common threads across our countries that both underpin this and provide a rich platform for collaboration across the global south and with our northern partners.” ce/jd

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