New SwitchMed website: boosting Mediterranean circular economy

The SwitchMed initiative supports sustainable consumption and production practices for a circular economy in the Mediterranean and contributes to the achievement of several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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The SwitchMed initiative was launched in 2013 and aims to achieve a circular economy in the Mediterranean by changing the way goods and services are produced and consumed. The programme has recently launched its new website, available in English and French, offering a more audiovisual and engaging approach with the aim of sharing the stories of entrepreneurs, innovative projects and civil society organisations from the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean.

The initiatives collected show concrete examples of how the transition to sustainable food, housing, tourism, transport, clothing or waste management is possible in the countries of the European neighbourhood with the financial support of the EU and in partnership with several United Nations programmes. This new platform provides tools and services directly to key stakeholders and supports an enabling policy environment that facilitates information exchange between partners within the Mediterranean region.

The new website highlights four thematic areas (Policy, Industry Service Providers, Start-ups Entrepreneurs, Networking Facility) and puts the focus on the initiative’s country hubs (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morcocco, Palestine and Tunisia), where users can discover the stories of the people and actions that are supporting sustainable consumption and production practices for a circular economy in each SwitchMed country.

About the SwitchMed Initiative

Funded by the European Union, the SwitchMed Programme is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Economy Division, the United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and its Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC). The initiative is carried out in close coordination with the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (DG NEAR).

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