Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region is a pioneer on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and has been working on it since 2003, when the Regional SCP strategy was developed and a Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP was established. SCP has become a priority for the Region as it is expressed by the high level political support and commitment received from the Ministers in the Region. In March 2014, the last Regional Forum of Ministers of Environment adopted a SCP Decision, stressing its support to the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP (10YFP), recalling the regional SCP priorities (national polices, SMEs, sustainable public procurement and sustainable lifestyles) and calling for additional programmes on SMEs, sustainable food systems and integrated waste management. Also in that same Decision new Terms of Reference for the Regional Council were adopted (see Decision’s Appendix).

Another demonstration of regional commitment shows that out of the 33 countries of the region, 20 have already designated their 10YFP National Focal Points (NFPs) and more countries are very close to do so. Please consult the full 10YFP NFP directory.

In the region, dedicated SCP policies exist in many countries, including Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, St. Lucia, and Uruguay.

The report on ‘The State of Natural Resource Management in Latin America and the Caribbean: Opportunities for Sustainable Practices and Prioritisation of Resources’ provides an outlook on sustainable natural resource management in Latin America and the Caribbean (GeSRE), especially of the critical resources indicated, and on how stronger awareness and enhanced articulation of key actors and the use of effective tools can contribute to sustainable development in the region.

Latin America and the Caribbean is a region with abundant natural resources which places it among the main sources of resources serving the world market. This represents a good opportunity to contribute to the economic development of the countries in this region but it also implies a high responsibility which needs articulated mid- and long-term efforts.

The experiences presented give us an optimistic outlook of GESRE in Latin America and the Caribbean which can be replicated in other parts of the world.

The report is available here.

Regional strategy on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

Since 2003, the Latin-America and the Caribbean (LAC) region counts with a Regional Strategy on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). This draft paper is a revision of that strategy in the light of the context of the 10YFP, the SCP Decision 7 adopted by the LAC Regional Forum of Ministers of Environment (March 2014, Los Cabos, Mexico) and the current work on the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

This draft is based on agreements already approved by the governments of the region and it has been prepared by the Executive Committee of the Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP, with UNEP’s and the 10YFP Secretariat technical support. The draft of the Strategy and its Roadmap 2015 are now open to a public consultation to all the Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP (National Focal Points on 10YFP/SCP in the 33 countries in LAC), together with relevant stakeholders and SCP experts in the region.

The final draft of the Strategy and its Roadmap 2015-2016 will be presented in the next Meeting of the Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP which will take place in Panama the following 4 and 5 May 2015.

- Regional Strategy on SCP (available in Spanish and English

- Roadmap 2015-2016 (available in Spanish and English)

- Recommendations from the LAC region to the 10YFP Board and international workshop (available in Spanish and English)

Recent SCP activities in the region

The main activities during the last year in the LAC region are the following:

Advancing sustainable consumption and production and implementing the 10YFP 

1. Eighth Meeting of the Regional Council of Government Experts on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

This multi-stakeholder meeting was organized by UNEP and was held on 4 and 5 May 2015, in Panama City, Panama. The main objectives of the meeting are: a) to share progress in the region on initiatives and projects on SCP, b) to launch the implementation of the SCP Regional Strategy and its Roadmap 2015; c) to regionalize the work of 10YFP Global Programmes; d) to contribute to the work on SCP indicators to measure progress; e) to develop recommendations for action to be considered by the 10YFP Board and in the international workshop that will be held on 13 and 14 May 2015, in New York, and f) to prepare a progress report to the Intersessional Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean scheduled for November 2015.

With the intention of creating synergies and a more efficient use of our resources, this meeting is being organized in conjunction with: the "Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Food Waste" which will be held on 6 May (all day); a working session of Experts on Sustainable Development and SCP Indicators, scheduled for May 7 (morning); as well as the "UNEP Regional Consultation Meeting of Major Groups and Stakeholders for Latin America and the Caribbean", to be held on May 7 (all day).

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the meetings objectives and agendas, please feel free to contact José Ramón Domenech Cots, regional consultant for the 10YFP (jose.domenech.affiliate@pnuma.org).

Main outcomes of the Meeting are:
  • Regional Strategy on SCP (available in Spanish and English
  • Roadmap 2015-2016 (available in Spanish and English)
  • Recommendations from the LAC region to the 10YFP Board and international workshop (available in Spanish and English)
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2. Revising the regional SCP Strategy and developing a Regional Roadmap for the 10YFP The Executive Committee of the Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP gathered in Santiago de Chile (13 to 15 October 2014) to review the draft of the SCP strategy and its Roadmap. Also the role and responsibilities of the National Focal Points; communication mechanisms between the 10YFP Board, the Regional Committee and the NFP; the inclusion of SCP in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the post-2015 agenda and strengthening the participation of civil society in the 10YFP were other issues discussed. An interactive session between the Regional Committee and the 10YFP Board was developed as well.

Download the Agenda and Summary Report of the meeting.

Once the draft of the SCP strategy is approved by the Committee it will be send to a broader regional consultation to governments and main stakeholders within the region.

3. Small island developing states (SIDS) Caribbean, promote the implementation of SCP

Priority issues for the Caribbean region such as integrated waste management, sustainable tourism and sustainable lifestyles and education were analyzed in Barbados during the 27, 28 and 29 January by experts and government representatives. One of the objectives of the meeting was to design the first steps of the "SCP for SIDS Initiative within the 10YFP" in the context of the "Samoa Pathway" and Decision 5 of the XIX Regional Forum of Ministers of Environment. The meeting concluded with concrete project proposals and the establishment of next steps. For more information download the agenda (summary report will be uploaded soon).

Other relevant activities in the recent history are:

2014

  • XIX Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean (15 March 2014, Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Honduras and Colombia accelerating their SCP implementation
  • SCP Webinars
  • LAC Community of Practice in the CLH

2013
Seventh Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): The 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP taking Action in the Region” (24-25 June 2013, Lima, Peru). Download the AgendaPress Release (Spanish) and the outcome document "Recommendations for the Regional Forum of Ministries of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean".

2003-2012
Marrakech Process

2003
Regional Strategy on SCP