Consumption and production patterns

Changing consumption and production patterns is one of an essential requirement of sustainable development, as recognized by the Heads of State and Governments in the Johannesburg Declaration of 2002. The resource-intensive consumption and production patterns of the developed countries cannot be replicated worldwide because, as some calculations suggest, it would require the resources of three planets to sustain these patterns. The impact on the world’s climate and ecosystems would be enormous and unpredictable – even dangerous.

Sustainable consumption and production requires a fundamental rethinking of the way societies produce, use and dispose of products. Through what is known as the Marrakesh Process launched in 2003, DESA, together with UNEP, promotes policies that encourage judicious use of resources by governments, industry, and individuals. Through its seven task forces and national cleaner production centres, the Marrakech Process is helping to put more environmentally-friendly products on the market; green public procurement, building design, industrial processes and tourism; disseminate information on sustainable lifestyles; develop educational material; and, assist African countries to leapfrog older technology and shift to production of eco-friendly goods and services.

 

Partnerships


  • SIDS Partnership: Implementation of New Technologies for Sustainable Development
    Lead Partner:
    Government of Marshall Islands - Municipal Governments and Traditional Land Owners of Arno Atoll, Aelinglaplap Atoll, Wotho Atoll, Namkrik Atoll, Maloelap Atoll, Kili/Bikini, Ejit - Pacific Aquaculture Cooperatives International Inc (Private Sector)  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The SIDS Partnership for Implementation of New Technologies for Sustainable Development, brings together United Nations Agencies with a focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), SIDS Governments, Non Governmental Agencies, and the Private Sector to seek funding for and the implementation of new, underutilized, but proven technologies for renewable energy production, restoration of coral reef...
  • International Solar Energy Society
    Lead Partner:
    International Solar Energy Society  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    ISES has been serving the needs of the renewable energy community since its founding in 1954. A UN-accredited NGO present in more than 50 countries, the Society supports its members in the advancement of renewable energy technology, implementation and education all over the world. Its goals include: * Towards a Sustainable World:Encouraging the use of Renewable Energy everywhere, through appr...
  • International Renewable Energy Alliance
    Lead Partner:
    International Solar Energy Society  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The goal of IREA is to foster collaboration, removing market barriers, identifying and promoting successful implementation strategies, enhancing business conditions and developing markets. This is to be achieved by the provision of reliable and up to date facts and considerations for more informed decision making at all levels of national and international policy and to further the principles and...
  • Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP)
    Lead Partner:
    Government of Japan - Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. - Government of United States of America - U.S. Enivronmental Protection Agency (USEPA) - CLASP Secretariat - UNDP-GEF - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) - United Nations Foundation (UNF)  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    Energy efficiency standards and labels (S&L) for appliances, equipment and lighting are the most cost-effective means to help countries limit energy demand while stimulating economic growth. The overall result of S&L is to reduce required investments in power plants and reduce fuel consumption for their operation with powerful economic gains (e.g., freeing up capital for investments in non-energy...
  • Mediaterre - Global information system on sustainable development
    Lead Partner:
    International Center of Resources and Innovation for the Sustainable Development-CIRIDD (former Association Agora 21) - Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (IEPF - Institut de la Francophonie Numérique - Unité Jeunesse)  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The aim of the project is to create an information and discussion platform for sustainable development that is accessible to the various groups concerned (States and public administrations, local governments and international bodies, associations, the economic sector, scientists and the academic community, and ordinary citizens) by facilitating exchanges and integration of the available data on a ...
  • Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), The
    Lead Partner:
    The EOLSS Publishers Ltd. - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), EOLSS Joint Committee  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), the world biggest web-based archive as transdisciplinary knowledge base of sustainable development. It is, in fact, a global partnership among thousands of scholars aimed at creating an integrated knowledge base in support of sustainable development efforts. Thus, the EOLSS Project is a project in support of all other projects related to sustainab...
  • Partnership for Water Education & Research (PoWER)
    Lead Partner:
    UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The mission of the Partnership for Water Education and Research (PoWER) is to combine the strengths of all partners and enhance the capacity of each partner in order jointly to: - Deliver capable professionals in the water and environment sectors. - Find innovative solutions for water and environmental challenges. - Build up the capacity of institutions and communities with respect to better ...
  • International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN)
    Lead Partner:
    International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) - International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN)  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The main objective of ICRAN is to halt and reverse the decline in health of the world 's coral reefs. ICRAN is an innovative and dynamic global partnership of many of the world's leading coral reef science and conservation organizations. The partnership draws on its partners' investments in reef monitoring and management to create strategically linked actions across local, national and global scal...
  • My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) - Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development
    Lead Partner:
    Association of American Geographers  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The general goal of My Community, Our Earth -- Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development is to build geographically literate generations able to use this knowledge in their everyday lives to bring about true sustainable development. In particular, the Program seeks to provide students and international leaders with the opportunity to discover and address real issues in their communities and...
  • Refrigerants Naturally Initiative
    Lead Partner:
    The Coca-Cola Company - McDonald´s - Unilever - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics  
    Geographical Scope:
    Global 
    Summary:
    The Initiative scope consists of those in the supply, production, transport and retailing of food and drink who require point-of-sale cooling technology, including technology and component suppliers. Thus it includes supermarkets but not mobile air conditioning, general manufacturing, or general household. Goals: - To promote a shift in the point-of-sale cooling technology in the food and drin...