February 9, 2018


Image: World Economic Forum / Jolanda Flubacher

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced a partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on activities to stimulate public-private sector engagement with circular economy solutions.

“An outdated, take-make-dispose linear economy is the root cause of some of today’s most challenging problems”, said MacArthur. “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.”

The announcement of the partnership coincided with the launch of the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), of which the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a Knowledge Partner. PACE brings together companies, organisations and governments to create innovate partnerships that drive actions at global and regional levels to decouple economic growth from resource use.

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