The Ministry of Environment (MINAM), representing the Peruvian state, participated in the Circular Economy Festival (VIVEN 2023) held from October 9 to 11 in San Jose, Costa Rica, where it was defined. Peru will join the Steering Committee of the Circular Economy Alliance for Latin America and the Caribbean in the 2024-2025 governance period.
It is the meeting and exchange point for the Circular Economy Alliance for Latin America and the Caribbean, whose mission is to promote and strengthen the development of the circular economy in this part of the continent.
The event brought together key actors of the region, personally and virtually, to create exchanges that build bridges towards the environment and strengthen their public policies in this area.
While participating in the panel of the Global Plastics Agreement, Minam’s Chief Advisor Gunther Merstahl said, “Latin America and the Caribbean countries have set precedents for joint work on plastic sustainability, and have made progress in national instruments for the prevention, ban and recovery of plastics.”
He stressed that the International Plastics Agreement should have a strong focus on environmental design, recharging and replenishing materials, and limiting single-use plastics. “This will help to have clear rules that cross national borders and provide predictability for private investments,” he said.
Formation of steering committee
As part of the agenda of the VIVAN 2023 festival, a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Circular Economy Alliance for Latin America and the Caribbean was held, where its formation for the 2024-2025 governance period was discussed.
The countries that make up the steering committee are: Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Peru. In this way, our country’s leadership in promoting the circular economy at national and regional levels is recognized.
The Circular Economy Consortium of Latin America and the Caribbean was created in 2021 during the XXII Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean Environment Ministers to serve as a platform to exchange best circular economy practices and promote cooperation between governments, institutions. and society in the region.
It brings together nine strategic partners: Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN), Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB/IDB Invest), Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), Platform for Acceleration. of the Circular Economy Alliance (PACE).
In addition, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Economic Forum (WEF), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UNEP.
The Vivan 2023 festival was developed by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Konrad Adenauer Foundation (EKLA Regional Program and Costa Rica Office) and the Circular Economy Alliance for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In its fourth edition, it brought together the Alliance’s 13 member countries and various experts and institutions, thus promoting regional exchange in the search for joint solutions to the challenges we face.