International Activities

SCP in the Global Agenda

10YFP establishing a dialogue with the HLPF

At the second meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development (30 June-9 July 2014, New York), the 10YFP was highlighted, in the afternoon of 30 June, both in a Moderated Dialogue on “How could sustainable consumption and production contribute to SDGs?” and in a dedicated Dialogue with the Chair of the Board of the 10YFP on SCP around the theme “SCP in action: Work of the Board of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP Patterns”. To watch the full webcasts of these dialogues or additional conferences of the HLPF meeting, go to the event's web page here and browse through the different conferences in the agenda under the "Programme" tab.

During the HLPF, the 10YFP prepared two side events. The Inter-Agency Coordination Group (IACG) side event on One UN for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): joint action to implement the 10YFP agenda, on 30 June, and the launching of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme on 1st July. Download the Flyer (PDF)

The HLPF was created at the Rio+20 Conference with the aim to follow-up on the implementation of sustainable development and to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations. The forum meets every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly and every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Click here to download the Interim progress report prepared by the 10YFP Secretariat on behalf of the 10YFP Board for the High Level Political Forum.


SCP and 10YFP at UNEA

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) was one of the main subjects at the first session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), held from 23 to 27 June 2014 at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. The 10YFP was discussed in three events during the UNEA, as the ministerial plenary focused on “Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production (SCP)” and the Side Event on “Transforming consumption and production systems through the SDGs”. Likewise, the first 10YFP Stakeholder meeting was held back to back to the GMGF (Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum).

The first UNEA was attended by over 1.200 participants, 170 national delegations and held 40 events. The UNEA’s session was preceded by the GMGF from 21 to 22 June. Please see more details about the events on SCP and the 10YFP below: 

The UNEA High-level Segment Ministerial Plenary was divided in two sessions on 26 and 27 June. SCP was one of the main subjects of the first session, on 26 June, the focus was on “Eradicating poverty, and achieving prosperity, within the earth’s safe operating space, through sustainable consumption and production”. 

The participants were invited to discuss the opportunities offered by sustainable consumption and production to eradicate extreme poverty and provide decent employment, livelihoods, and prosperity, while also protecting and improving the Earth's natural resources.

The side event on SCP and SDG’s took place on 23 June, from 13:15 to 14:45. During this event, governments and stakeholders discussed the relevance of SCP to SDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the 10YFP as a means of implementation for the SDGS. 

The 10YFP Board prepared a document on “Potential contribution of the 10YFP programmes to the SDGs”. 

The first Meeting of the 10YFP stakeholder Focal Points was held on 20 June, aiming to provide an overview of the 10YFP, offer a dialogue on the role of stakeholders focal points in supporting the implementation of the 10YFP at the regional and national levels and to identify areas of collaboration among majors groups and other 10YFP partners.

To know more about the problems related to sustainable consumption and production, the envisaged solutions, our current stand on making the transition to SCP and the 10YFP, please see this Media Fact Sheet on SCP.


SCP and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

UN member states are currently developing a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will address global sustainability issues. In this context, SCP has been gaining important political support and relevance in inter-governmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs. The importance of changing the unsustainable patterns of consumption and production has been highlighted by governments and stakeholders.

The 10YFP has developed two papers to highlight the increasing importance of the SCP in the SDGs discussions: the 10YFP Inter-Agency Coordination Group note on SCP in the proposed SDGs and the 10YFP Board note on Potential contribution of the 10YFP programmes to the SDGs.

A 30-member Open Working Group (OWG), established on 22 January 2013, was tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs. During the 7th session of the OWG, 6-10 January 2014 in New York, a side event on 7 January on “Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) contributing to the SDGs” highlighted the importance of shifting to sustainable patterns of consumption and production for the achievement of sustainable development. The event provided an overview of the 10YFP, its potential role in supporting implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and achieving the SDGs, and considered the role of SCP indicators in tracking progress towards sustainability. To download the meeting documents, please click on these links: Side event flyer and SCP issues brief.

At the conclusion of its 13th and final session, the OWG on SDGs forwarded to the UN General Assembly on 19 July 2014 an outcome document of proposed SDGs that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions. The list document contains 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues. Goal 12. “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”, brings SCP and the work of the 10YFP to the fore. The Group’s proposal on goals will be considered by the General Assembly as part of the broader post-2015 development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt at a Summit in September 2015.

Moreover, at the 65th Annual UN Department of Public Information / Non-Governmental Organizations Conference (27-29 August 2014, New York), the participants expressed strong support to SCP and called for the “implementation of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production in support of national and regional programmes through strong inter-sectoral partnerships to accelerate the shift towards SCP.”

On 15-16 December 2014, UNEP convened a Multi-stakeholder Workshop on SCP-related Targets and Indicators for the future SDGs in Paris, France. Experts, stakeholders and governments from all regions explored indicators to achieve the proposed SDG targets relevant to SCP and the 10YFP, based on the Open-Working Group (OWG) outcome document on proposed SDGs. A UNEP paper, now under revision, will make a preliminary assessment of the type of “actionable” and transformative indicators that could be attached to targets.