Programme Consultation and Current Status

Programme Consultation and Current Status

The secretariat is facilitating consultations for the development of the 10YFP programmes. The following is the current stage of development of each programme:



   Current stage    


Sustainable public procurement programme



Consumer information programme



Sustainable tourism, including ecotourism programme



Sustainable buildings and construction programme

Step 4


Sustainable lifestyles and education programme



Sustainable food systems programme

Step 1

Sustainable Public Procurement

The 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement is the first of the 10YFP Programmes to be launched. It further amplifies and extends the impact of the Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI), which was launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference ( The SPP Programme unites over 70 partners from around the world, representing international organizations, national governments, local authorities, NGOs, businesses, and individual SPP experts. The work areas currently being implemented are:  

  1. Work Area 1: “Implementing SPP on the Ground”. The first Work Area focuses on making implementation a reality. A main activity of this Area is connecting the work of the 10YFP SPP Programme with that of existing SPP Projects, such as UNEP’s SPP & Ecolabelling Project, ICLEI’s Procura+ project, IISD’s SPP Programme, and others. Through informational webinars, online working platforms on the SCP Clearinghouse, and virtual meetings, this Area aims to foster collaboration and joint activities between SPP initiatives as well as Partners in the Programme.

  2. Work Area 2: “Assessing Implementation & Impacts.” The second work area takes a step back from implementation to see how organizations keep track of SPP and tangibly measure its outcomes. This area has 3 sub-groups: “Monitoring SPP implementation”, “Measuring impacts and communicating benefits created by SPP”, and “Promoting best practices.”

  3. Work Area 3: “Addressing barriers to SPP implementation and Promoting Innovative Solutions”. This area aims to propose innovative solutions that address current barriers to SPP implementation, through the work of 2 sub-groups: “Integrating Product Service Systems (PSS) into SPP”,  “Overcoming legal barriers” and “Including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)”.

  4. Work Area 4: “Collaborating with the private sector”. This area analyzes the integral part that the private sector plays in public procurement, and seeks ways to improve that collaboration through two sub-groups: “Greening supply chains” and “SPP through ecolabels and standards”.

While Work Area 1 is meant to directly support SPP implementation on the ground, work areas 2, 3 and 4 offer indirect support through studies, research, improved information tools, capacity building tools, enhanced collaboration between actors, etc.

Consumer Information

A stock taking analysis, including interviews of the key organizations and stakeholders working in the area of consumer information, and an online global survey have been undertaken in 2013. The results of this survey were analysed and discussed at the Expert Meeting held in July 2013 and a concept note was circulated to experts, 10YFP national and stakeholder focal points and the UN Inter-agency Coordination Group in November 2013 for their review.

The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme (CIP) was launched during the High Level Political Forum on 1st July 2014. The CIP is co-led by the Governments of Germany and Indonesia along with Consumers International, the world federation of consumer groups. The main objectives of the programme are to:

1) Improve availability, accessibility and quality of consumer information to create a basis for the provision of credible information.

2) Drive change in government and business to ensure that the framework conditions are provided to support best practices in relation to consumer information.

3) Enhance communication to drive behavioural change and ensure the transition from being informed to taking action.
Each objective has three specific work areas for which CIP is engaging a wide range of stakeholders and partners including consumer associations, businesses, retailers and governments in a consultative process for joint action.

Sustainable Tourism

UNEP, as 10YFP Secretariat, together with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) carried out a Global Survey on Sustainable Tourism (from August to October), with a great participation of over 370 responses from tourism stakeholders, representing Governments (40 percent), Businesses (30 percent), NGOs (20 percent), and other stakeholders from, all regions. The preliminary findings were presented at the 92nd Session of the OECD Tourism Committee (1-2 October 2013, Paris) and most recently at the UN Expert Group Meeting on Ecotourism, Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection (29-30 October 2013, New York). 
Some findings of the survey indicate that the main barriers to sustainable tourism are the following: 

  • Low levels of understanding of “sustainable tourism” and the business case 

  • Lack of an integrated approach to tourism planning and investment 

  • SMEs have limited access and marketing capacity 

  • Sustainable products and services are not promoted at the destination 

  • Lack of capacity in public sector 

  • Lack of monitoring and evaluation policy/mandate for evaluation tourism impacts

The priorities for key potential working areas for the 10YFP Programme may include: 

  • Tourism/ Destination Planning 

  • Tourism Investment 

  • Tourism Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Tourism Operations and Management 

A stocktaking exercise has also been commissioned by UNEP, which together with the survey will support the development of a proposal for the 10YFP programme on Sustainable Tourism and its practical implementation and delivery mechanisms globally and regionally. This proposal will be ready in the first quarter of 2014.  

Sustainable Buildings and Construction

The 10YFP Secretariat is identifying expert institutions which are interested in participating and co-leading the development and implementation of the 10YFP Programme in this area, including the initial research and stock taking. UNEP-SBCI (Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative), has started to identify policy tools and strategies to support implementation of sector specific initiatives at the national and regional levels. To this end, the SBCI Symposium (25-26 November 2013, Paris, France) served as a platform to discuss programmes objectives and activities and included consultation with potential programme partners. The concept stock-taking exercise is currently being developed, and the drafting of the concept note and consultations are planned to take place within the next months. The launch is expected to take place in the second part of 2014.

Sustainable Lifestyles and Education

This programme is jointly developed by UNEP and UNESCO, with the support and expertise of a 10-member Advisory Group. As part of the first step to develop the 10YFP programmes, a stock taking exercise is being conducted to identify current initiatives, trends and gaps in the area of Sustainable Lifestyles and Education. A global and multi-stakeholder on-line public consultation took place in June-July 2014. It garnered 171 responses from all regions, most of the responses were from government, academia/research and NGOs. A multi-stakeholder Expert Meeting, held at UNESCO, Paris, on 9-10 July 2014 gathered more than 20 experts to shape the outline of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme.

The draft concept note for the programme is now available for public consultation, until 17 October 2014.

The formal proposal for this 10YFP programme will be submitted to the 10YFP Secretariat and Board late October 2014 for approval and validation. It is foreseen to launch it at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya, Japan, in November 2014.

Sustainable Food Systems

The Sustainable Food Systems Programme (SFSP) is jointly developed by UNEP and FAO, building on previous work under the Agri-food Taskforce, and planned for launch at Expo Milan in May 2015. Sustainable food systems may be defined as systems that facilitate production and consumption of sufficient, nutritious food in an affordable way, while conserving the natural resources and ecosystems on which food systems depend, and enhancing resilience to climate change. 

The SFSP focuses on interventions that can contribute to the sustainability of all areas of the food supply chain that in turn strengthen the four pillars of food security (stability, availability, access and utilization). Specifically the programme intends to design, pilot and scale up policies and market-based tools that provide incentives for transition to sustainable food systems, develop knowledge and technical platforms to build capacity and increase uptake of SFS practices, and develop partnerships that foster practice and tool sharing. The programme has finalised its stakeholder consultation and will soon be launching its stocktaking exercise.

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