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Circular Economy

The circular economy is a new and inclusive economic paradigm, that aims to minimize pollution and waste, extend product lifecycles and enable broad sharing of physical and natural assets. It strives for a competitive economy that creates green and decent jobs and keeps resource use within planetary boundaries. Recognizing the role of circularity in promoting sustainability, UNECE’s member States have decided that the 69th Commission session of UNECE will be held under the following thematic focus: “Promoting circular economy and sustainable use of natural resources in the UNECE region”.
The Economic Cooperation and Trade Division (ECTD) of the UNECE identified five entry points in promoting circularity in the UNECE region: (i) waste management and reduction; (ii) sustainable procurement; (iii) traceability of value chains; (iv) standards and regulatory frameworks and (v) efficiency of trade and logistics chains.


  • More information on ECTD's work on sustainability and circularity can be found here
  • To read more about events co-organized by Economic Cooperation and Trade Division at the 2021 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, see here
  • To read more about trade-related issues discussed at UNECE’s 69th Commission on the topic of the Circular Economy and the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, see here