The African region has been at the frontline for the promotion of sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The African 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP, approved by the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) in 2005, has spurred the development and implementation of a number of sub-regional, national and local SCP programmes.

After Rio+20, AMCEN at its 14th session (September 2012, Arusha, Tanzania), adopted a decision on SCP that calls for a review of the African 10-Year Framework Programme to hasten the implementation of the global 10YFP.

Latest SCP activity in the region

A call for proposals for country level projects implementing the SWITCH Africa Green Project is now open for applications until 19 January 2015. This call for proposals is directed to country-specific projects promoting SCP practices in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana in the sectors of manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, and waste management. It aims to support green business development. A second call for the three remaining countries will be launched in the forthcoming months.

For more details on the grants and how to apply, please read our article or visit the United Nations Office for Project services' website.

You can read the African Regional Roadmap for the 10YFP  here.

SCP and 10YFP meetings in the region


8th African Roundtable on SCP and first 10YFP Regional Meeting: Mobilizing Partnerships and Scaling up SCP in Africa

  • 12-15 May 2014, Windhoek, Namibia: The 8th African Roundtable on SCP (ARSCP) and 1st 10YFP Regional Meeting for Africa brought together nearly 100 participants including 10YFP National Focal Points (NFPs) and alternates from 25 African countries, members of the ARSCP, National Cleaner Production Centres, UN agencies including UNEP and UNIDO and the European Commission. Agenda and report to come.

  • 16 May 2014, Windhoek, Namibia: A capacity-building workshop for African 10YFP NFPs was organized back-to-back with the Roundtable by the 10YFP Secretariat to enhance the NFPs' engagement in 10YFP programmes and planning for implementation. A Regional African Roadmap for the 10YFP is being developed in consultation with the NFPs and other participants of the Windhoek meetings.

Download the Agenda: Workshop for African 10YFP NFPs


  • Consultative Meeting - SWITCH Africa Green Programme 

14 October 2013, Gaborone, Botswaba: The Consultative Meeting - SWITCH Africa Green Programme introduced the SWITCH Africa Green Programme while lookingat linkages, synergies and potential integration with the 10YFP and discuss inputs and regional institutions such as academia and private sector. Download theAgenda: AMCEN Switch meeting

  • African Workshop on National Initiatives on SCP and the 10YFP: Supporting regional and national implementation of SCP in Africa

13 October 2013, Gaborone, Botswana: The main objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Provide a global and regional overview on SCP and the 10YFP;

  • Share experience on national implementation: best practices and lessons learned;

  • Open dialogue on best opportunities under the global 10YFP to address gaps and needs for regional and national implementation in Africa, and develop linkages with the SWITCH Africa Green project;

  • Contribute to the revision of the African 10YFP and provide inputs to the preparation of the 1st Regional Meeting of the 10YFP in Africa.

Download the Agenda: First 10YFP regional workshop

  • African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) Meeting of Experts on Post Rio+20 Regional Flagship programmes.

10-12 April 2013, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The meeting updated the Regional Flagship Programmes, including the SCP flagship, as mandated by the 14th Session of AMCEN. Experts at the meeting concluded that the flagship programmes are long-term initiatives aimed at responding to Africa's needs in a more coordinated way and contributing to the effective implementation of the Rio+20 outcomes in the African region. In addition, a pre-session side event on green economy and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) was convened on 9 April 2013 at the same venue to enable participants to contribute effectively to the discussions on the green economy and SCP flagship programmes.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Terezya Huvisa, President of AMCEN and Minister of State-Environment in the Vice-President’s office, Tanzania and was attended by experts from several African countries, representatives of UN agencies, African Union Commission, international and regional organizations as well as development partners.