Accelerating circularity in the Arab region - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


Accelerating circularity in the Arab Region


Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability

Focus Area: Climate change, Natural resource sustainability

Initiatives: Climate Resilience through Regional Cooperation

SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water, Goal 15: Life On Land

Keywords: Green economy, Arab countries, Climate change, Natural resources, Energy resources, Gross domestic product, Sustainable development, Financing, Greenhouse gases, Capacity building, Recycling, Biological diversity, Pollution

Accelerating circularity in the Arab region

July 2023

Circular economy is an economy in which products and materials are kept in use, and natural systems are regenerated. It supports the acceleration of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving the Paris Agreement targets. The circular economy holds particular promise for climate action with decreased emissions of greenhouse gases; sustainable use of water, land and oceans; diversification of the economy with increased work opportunities; and improved lifestyles with high-quality products, advanced access to products and services, and better health.

Transition to a circular economy is a systemic process that can be accelerated through political commitment, adequate policies, effective governance with strong institutions and adequate policies, sustainable financing mechanisms, capacity-building programmes, and a cross-sectoral engagement of all stakeholders and actors.

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