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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Updated on 23.11.2023

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation working to build better policies for better lives, promoting economic development, trade, and social welfare. It provides a forum for governments to share information and best practices and coordinate policy.

Target audience: Other European institutions
Countries: EU-27, Colombia, Costa Rica, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Türkiye, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand
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Activities on circular economy

The OECD Programme on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions supports national and subnational governments in their transition towards the circular economy through evidence-based analysis, multi-stakeholder dialogues, tailored recommendations and customised action plans. Its activities are based on three main principles:

  • design out waste and pollution
  • keep products and materials in use 
  • regenerate natural systems. 

In addition, the OECD has developed the Checklist for Action, which identifies 12 key governance dimensions that are considered to be the key conditions for the transition to the circular economy. 

The OECD Scoreboard on the Governance of the Circular Economy complements these activities by assessing existing enabling conditions for a circular economy as well as potential challenges and barriers. 

Description of future collaboration with CCRI-CSO

The collaboration between the CCRI Coordination and Support Office (CCRI-CSO) and the OECD will consist of four main pillars: 

  1. The OECD will develop a series of 10 case studies on a selection of cities and regions. OECD tools, such as the Scoreboard, will form the basis of such support. These case studies will involve multi-stakeholder policy dialogue as well as a field mission in each of the selected cities. 
  2. A flagship report on the circular economy in cities and regions will be developed, which will provide guidance to existing CCRI Pilots and Fellows. 
  3. The OECD will organise events that will involve the participation of the CCRI, creating links and bonds between both communities, encouraging knowledge exchange and mutual support. 
  4. The OECD and the CCRI-CSO will prepare a webinar on governance and stakeholder mobilisation for Circular Systemic Solutions. 
Target territory
Territories involved

large 500 000-200 000, medium 200 000-50 000, and small cities 50 000-5 000

large metropolitan area >1.5 million, metropolitan area 1.5 million-500 000

predominantly urban regions, intermediate and predominantly rural regions, refer to TERCET typology NUTS 3 region