Africa’s circular economy took centre stage at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn today.
Leaders from Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, and their partners: the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), announced the launch of the African Circular Economy Alliance.
Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson said: “The launch of the African CircularEconomy Alliance is like a dream come true for me. It’s part of the answer to the global challenge we are facing. We are here to support you to turn ideas into action.”
And speaking at today’s launch, South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa said: “This Alliance is not just for few countries but for all countries who will be interested in participating.
“The objectives of the African Circular Economy Alliance will be set and discussed by all of us in here and those who are not with us today. However, primarily we are looking at linking up the various projects and programmes on the continent and stimulating momentum towards the transformation to a circular economy. This will happen by the creation of a continent wide leaders’ network, The Alliance, to advocate and implement circular economy strategies, programmes and projects across the continent and in turn to catalyse projects by aiding and creating coalitions to implement on the ground projects.”