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.

  • A media roundtable on SCP: an important contribution to the post-2015 development agenda and the SGDs was held on Sunday 22 June 2014, from 14:55 to 15:40, UNEP HQ, press room.

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.

10YFP releases two notes on SCP importance to the SDGs

SCP is gaining important political support and relevance in inter-governmental discussions on the post 2015 Development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The importance of changing the unsustainable patterns of consumption and production has been highlighted by governments and stakeholders. 

Based on the increasing importance of the SCP in the SDGs discussions and on the request of many countries, the 10YFP Secretariat has developed two concept notes: 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.

These papers aim to increase awareness of how a shift to SCP can support the SDGs and enlarge the knowledge of Ministers and senior officials on the 10YFP.


The UNGA67 nominated ECOSOC as the ad interim Member State body to receive reports from the 10YFP Secretariat and Board. The UNGA69 will review this interim arrangement.

The UNGA68 welcomes the establishment of the 10-member board of the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns, recalls the decision that the high-level political forum may provide recommendations to the Board and Secretariat of the the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns, taking into account their reports, also recalls paragraph 5 of the resolution 67/203, including its decision to review the arrangement to designate the Economic and Social Council as the ad interim member body to receive reports from the board and the secretariat, as elaborated in the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns, and, in this regard, decides to review this ad interim arrangement at its sixty-ninth session, after the meeting of the high-level political forum under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council in 2014. (A/C.2/68/L.33)

The UNGA68 resolution is available for download in English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian

7th session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

On 7 January 2014 in New York, USA, the side event on 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 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP), adopted at Rio+20, 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.

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