The Africa hub has been building strong relationships with academic, private sector and city actors who are interested in the circular economy and what it could mean for African cities. Cities who have been involved in urban resource management and circular economy workshops and projects include Accra, Cape Town, Nairobi, Entebbe, Rabat, Kampala, Lilongwe, Blantyre, Makinde, Johannesburg and Cairo. ICLEI Africa is working closely with African Circular Economy Network, whose business and private sector orientation complements the ICLEI’s local government perspectives.
ICLEI’s work in China is highly connected to the thematic offerings of the Green Circular Cities Coalition, which are designed based on the urgent and emerging needs of cities. Currently, we engage with cities mainly on the topics industrial symbiosis, public procurement, municipal resource management and food systems.
The ICLEI Europe Hub is closely connected to the European Circular Cities Declaration, which is designed to help accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy in Europe, and thereby create a resource-efficient, low-carbon and socially responsible society.
Throughout the United States, cities design out waste, shorten supply chains, and increase sharing and reuse, but only recently are these activities connected through the concept of circular economy. The USA Hub builds momentum in cities and regions through circular development frameworks, analysis, and convening peers and stakeholders.
The South America Hub is a space designed to strengthen the commitment and immediate action of local governments together with civil society, academia and the private sector for the transition from traditional linear systems towards circular and sustainable, low-emission systems, as well as implementing Nature-Based Solutions (NbS).
For this purpose, ICLEI South America, together with its partners, seeks to promote actions at technical and political levels to strengthen subnetworks such as CITYFOOD and Urban Food Systems Coalition, promote cooperation and training projects, and develop tools and action plans to improve the quality of life and governance in the medium and long term in cities.