The five-year "SWITCH to Circular Economy Value Chains" programme is implemented by UNIDO in partnership with Chatham House, Circle Economy and the European Investment Bank (subject to finalization of contractual arrangements). The programme is funded by the European Union and exemplifies the international development cooperation dimension of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan.
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The Member States of the European Union have decided to link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.
UNIDO has an extensive and proven record of accomplishment in working with governments, industry and other major stakeholders in environmental sustainability, energy access, quality infrastructure and standards, entrepreneurship, including for women and youth, enterprise development, public-private partnerships and gender mainstreaming under the broader theme of ISID. UNIDO, through the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division in the Department of Environment, will lead the management of the project. The Division is currently implementing, as leading partner, the second phases of SwitchMed and EU4Environment programs funded by the EU.
Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs)
Chatham House has provided thought leadership on the sustainable production and consumption of natural resources since the 1970s and currently focuses on forging global alliances for an inclusive and just circular transition - see more on circulareconomy.earth. The role of Chatham House through its Environment and Society Programme will involve analysis of policy frameworks, development of policy recommendations, and building capacity of selected institutions to undertake mapping and analysis of circular economy opportunities in developing countries where pilot project will take place.
Stichting Circle Economy is a not-for-profit impact organisation, founded in 2011 to accelerate the transition to a just and inclusive circular economy. Based in Amsterdam and operating transnationally, Circle Economy’s multidisciplinary team of experts empower businesses, local and national governments and civil society organisations around the world with the data, tools and knowledge to put the circular economy into action. Circle Economy works across sectors and impact areas, including: construction and the built environment, plastics, textiles, packaging, ICT and electronics, finance and circular jobs and labour market analysis.
European Investment Bank (EIB)*
The objective of the EIB is to promote sound projects, especially for the development of less-developed regions, this being financed by borrowing on the international capital markets and from its own resources. It is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. The EIB will provide technical assistance to the local financial sector and focus on the assessment of green financing project proposals and bankability and the development of green financial products. *Subject to finalisation of contractual arrangements.