International Cooperation

In the view of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, which supports the RMC-Covenant Circular Economy 2022 process, this initiative should contribute to a new boost to be given to ‘global partnership’ related to sustainable management of natural resources.

The RMC-Covenant Circular Economy 2022 shall propose a collaborative framework which will be able to progressively expand at global level in support to an energy and ecological transition and development.

The RMC-Covenant Circular Economy 2022 shall create a system of reporting and collaboration between partnerships to facilitate access to public financing schemes, synergies development between them and a transition towards new development models.

The Raw Material Commitment (RMC)-Covenant Circular Economy 2022 as submitted to EU member states:

To the extent our Regions/Cities and/or Companies are active at the international level on circular economy export of products and services, we will explore opportunities of co-operation with non EU Member States with which the Commission has signed partnerships agreements related to raw materials.

Leading technology and knowledge to move up the value chain is still a challenge for most developing world. Complex development priorities require systematic and vibrant global partnership that succeeds in connecting funding and expertise with local resources, implementation capacities and ownership – all essential for advancing towards shared goals. Achieving key outcomes in economic development, environmental sustainability and inclusive growth entails working together across sectors and industries in new and more effective ways. Isolated and disaggregated efforts frequently fail to generate the desired results to partnership approaches which are incompatible with the complexity of the challenges’. (Source: Engagement with the Private Sector in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Philippe Scholtès and Tim Wall in ‘Making It’ n°16, UNIDO)

In 2002, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+10), the “Guideline Principles for Partnerships” were adopted. However, the oversight of their implementation has not been secured. This remains a major gap of the Rio process from 1992 until today.

In 2009, the “Global Guidelines on Co-operation between UN and Business Sectorwere adopted and the task force ‘Transformative partnerships’ for the UN and Business sector, under the UN Secretary General set up.

At the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the outcome document refers to a ‘registry’ for commitments for the promotion of sustainable development but is silent on the how.

How to bridge this multi-stakeholder partnership efficiency gap is what the pilot RMC-Covenant Circular Economy 2022 would like to explore.

Useful link: UNEP Green economy website