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Implementation of a regional programme on sustainable production and consumption in Latin America and the Caribbean

Background:

The International Expert Meeting on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP), held in Marrakesh in June 2003, which reviewed the follow-up to the implementation of the outcomes of the Rio Earth Summit and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, accentuated the need for Governments to articulate their priorities in the area of sustainable consumption and production to ensure effective and well-targeted international cooperation and to address the challenge of poverty and inequality in the region. The meeting also called for the development of a regional strategy to promote SCP patterns and the establishment of a regional council of government experts on SCP.

The project has been designed in the light of the above-stated strategy and policy considerations to contribute to the sustainable development of the Latin America and the Caribbean region by changing unsustainable consumption and production patterns and to contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by linking sustainable production and consumption to poverty reduction. The target groups are relevant governmental authorities in the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the general public, consumer associations, NGOs, small and medium enterprises and producers of sustainable products.

The project will be implemented by UNEP, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which will contribute by providing its expertise on policy development and global inputs on the Marrakesh process, and ECLAC, which will contribute its regional economic expertise.

Objective:

To improve sustainable consumption and production patterns by supporting national and regional initiatives.

Expected accomplishments:

  • Development and introduction of policies and measures aimed at promoting sustainable patterns of production and consumption by Governments involved
  • Increased participation of the private sector in the promotion and implementation of sustainable production and consumption
  • Increased awareness and participation of the general public and non-governmental organizations in relation to the promotion of sustainable consumption and production

Implementation status:

The main results achieved during the implementation of the project can be classified in three dimensions: policy, participation and networking.

Policy: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is included in the regional political agenda as one of the main priorities, formally ratified by the Forum of Ministers of Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean. Expanding the former focus on cleaner production, the sustainable consumption aspect is now also taken into account for policy development and implementation programmes. In addition it has been recognized that sustainable public procurement can provide an important stimulus to the inclusion of sustainability in the regional market, as experienced in 5 pilot countries and 2 sub-regions.

Participation: Other national institutions besides the Ministries of Environment and sub-regional bodies are involved in the SCP process, which contributes to mainstreaming SCP into other relevant areas of development such as commerce, economy and integration processes, education, information and consumption. These include: the national Ministers of Planning (in the case of Ecuador, Colombia), CARICOM, CAN, CCAD, MERCOSUR, UN-ECLAC, Consumers Internationals, and some youth organizations working with SCP related issues. SCP was also included in other UN-country related activities, such as the ONE UN Pilot project in Uruguay and the UNDAF Ecuador 2010-2011.

Networking: the Regional Council of SCP Government Expert has strengthened its work and communication with the members, in addition to the connections to other relevant SCP stakeholders in the region. Each sub-region could develop specific meetings to analyze and adapt the SCP initiatives to the context. South-south cooperation has been enhanced through the development of regional initiatives, for example addressing Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP). The Regional Information Network on SCP, developed in response to one of the regional Governmental priorities, is an effective and sustainable mechanism to share information and experiences, develop SCP capacities through an e-learning platform and facilitate the coordination among SCP experts.