ICLEI Circulars

Welcome to the global platform for circular cities

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

Circular Development is one of ICLEI´s five strategic pathways towards sustainable urban development. Through the Circular Development pathway, local and regional governments decouple urban and economic development from resource consumption, encourage equitable access to resources and create closed-loop urban and peri-urban systems. They support new local economies that are productive and not extractive, where resources are exchanged and not wasted.

About ICLEI Circulars

ICLEI Circulars gathers the latest knowledge on circular economy interventions at local and regional government levels around the world, provides materials for awareness raising and global advocacy, offers implementation support on circular development actions and policies and facilitates peer-to-peer exchange.

ICLEI Circulars is managed by the Circular Development Team at the World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, in close collaboration with ICLEI Regional Offices around the world.

We are thankful to the financial support provided by the SUN Institute Environment and Sustainability and the German Federal Ministry for  Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


ICLEI Circulars collaborates with a diverse group of organizations that are leaders in circular economy and offer tools and methodologies for putting circular economy in practice at the local level. Our partners operate at the global, regional and local levels. Explore the ICLEI Circulars regional hubs to learn more about our regional partnerships.