North America

North America

The North American region, which is comprised of the United States of America and Canada is part of the West Europeans and Others (WEOG) regional group. Many opportunities exist to transition to more sustainable consumption and production patterns and a range of efforts have been undertaken in the region, such as voluntary labeling programs, regulatory policies, and consumer information campaigns.  

To read about current SCP initiatives in the North American region, please visit the North American section of the SCP Clearinghouse website to see what policies, projects and partnerships are being developed and implemented by governments, international/regional organizations, business and civil society.  

SCP and 10YFP meetings in the region

2013

Strategic opportunities for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in North America

5 December 2013, Washington, D.C, USA: Strategic Opportunities for Sustainable Consumption and Production in North America. This workshop, organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC) in collaboration with the UNEP’s Regional Office for North America (RONA), provided a platform to various actors engaged in sustainable consumption and production in the region to share information about their goals and current activities and to develop strategic plans for actions in key issue areas such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Purchasing, Sustainable/Green Buildings, Cities and Sustainable Production and Consumption (SPaC), Life Cycle Assessment, New Narratives, and Communications. 

Participating institutions represented various actors from the US and Canadian governments, civil society, academia, the private sector, and international organizations.  Outcomes from the meeting included the  identification of strategic areas and next steps for cooperation in advancing sustainable consumption and production in the region, and the exploration of opportunities to engage in the international implementation of the 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production, including the SCP Programs, the SCP clearinghouse, and the Post-2015 Agenda. 

Please click here to download the final report of the workshop.


2012

Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in North America

11 December 2012, Washington D.C., USA: Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in North America. This workshop, organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC) in cooperation with UNEP’s Regional Office for North America (RONA), provided an opportunity for stakeholders engaged in advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) to share information about strategies and initiatives being undertaken in the region and to discuss future opportunities for collaboration and potential next steps. One focus of the meeting was the recent adoption of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which has provided a number of opportunities to highlight SCP-related issues and expand related networks. Participants represented a wide range of institutions, including the US and Canadian governments, civil society, academia, the private sector, and international organizations. Outcomes from the workshop included the identification of a number of opportunities for possible joint SCP activities and the formation of a strategic working group with the aim of continued coordination in advancing SCP in North America.  

The meeting agenda, report, and presentations can be found at the following link: http://nasca.icspac.net/about/NARSPAC_2012workshop.aspx

You can also read more about SCP in North America at the UNEP Regional Office for North America (RONA) SCP webpage