International Activities

21st April 2016: World's Top Sustainability Experts Meet to Rethink Consumption, Production Patterns

A 10YFP Policy Room was held in parallel to the High Level Thematic Debates on achieving the SDGs. The session 'Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for the SDGs' was attended by 20 high-level officials from governments, the UN system, NGOs and the private sector stressed the importance of SCP and of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) for sustainable development.

For the full meeting report with list of participants see here.

A background note is available here.

SCP in the Global Agenda

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Proposal for SCP related SDG indicators and capacity building strategy

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) has been recognized as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has been identified as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 12) and as a central component of many of the 17 goals and 169 targets agreed in the agenda. Achieving SCP will require a set of indicators to monitor the impact of policies and initiatives promoting this shift in consumption and production patterns, as well as the institutional capacity to implement them effectively.  

In this context the United Nations Statistical Commission identified the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) as an important statistical framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDG indicators. However, the nature of SCP policies and initiatives, as well as the data requirements, that necessarily involve a range of Government Agencies, suggests the need for substantive efforts in institutional development and capacity building to design and apply such indicators. Sweden and Chile, with the support of UNEP and UNSD are currently working on a paper focused on refining a set of indicators to support the monitoring of SCP-related targets of the SDGs and the definition of related capacity building needs.  Due to the cross-cutting nature of the SCP indicators there are considerable benefits to follow a systems approach, aligned with the statistical standards SNA and SEEA (UN 2014).

The present note is the draft executive summary of this paper that will be released in its full form in late November or early December 2015.

To download the Executive Summary, please click here.


SCP Indicators for the future SDGs Discussion Paper

In the course of the ongoing discussions and negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, a consensus emerged that current and future social, environmental and economic challenges are interlinked and must be addressed through an integrated approach.  In the introduction of the outcome document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), The Future We Want, poverty eradication, the promotion of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the protection and management of natural resources are outlined as the "overarching objectives of and essential requirements for sustainable development" (UNGA Resolution 66/288, paragraph 4). 

In the same spirit of pursuing focused and coherent action on sustainable development, the intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward, in July 2014, a proposal comprising 17 goals and 169 targets. The proposal makes achieving sustainable consumption and production (SCP) an integral component of the SDGs.  SCP is reflected as a crosscutting enabler (in the form of both targets and means of implementation) for the achievement of many of the SDGs as well as in a stand-alone goal 12 on "ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns". 

The purpose of this document is to assist Member States in identifying potential indicators for targets proposed under SDG 12 (“Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns”) and for related targets in twelve of the other proposed SDGs. This discussion paper aims to contribute to the development of an integrated, science-based set of indicators to monitor progress towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns which support achievement of the SDGs. The paper highlights a number of potential indicators which can serve for different goals and targets and which thus contribute to making the targets more actionable and transformative, by promoting an integrated approach to shifting towards SCP patterns and achieving the SDGs. 

To download the document, please click here

SCP discussed in a interactive panel session in New York, February 2015

The Permanent Missions of Brazil and Finland to the United Nations, supported by UNEP and the 10YFP Secretariat, hosted an interactive panel discussion on 18 February 2015 in New York. The discussion focused on Sustainable Consumption and Production and the post-2015 development agenda: what needs to be implemented and measured.
The event highlighted the contribution of policies and actions for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) to the post-2015 development agenda, taking into consideration the SCP-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, it focused on sharing ideas on how to accelerate and build support for the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP), as an instrumental vehicle to implement those SCP-related targets; as well as on transformative and integrated indicators to measure implementation. 

Please see the background note and agenda, as well as a presentation.

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 aim to: provide information to assist Member States to identify indicators for a selection of the SCP-related targets in the proposed SDGs ; suggest indicators that can contribute to making the targets transformative, develop inter-linkages and complementarities between them so as to simultaneously support the achievement of other goals and targets ; and make targets “actionable”, by identifying indicators for which data are currently available and by defining what additional data and analysis are required.