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:
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 (www.sppinitiave.org). 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:
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.
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.”
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)”.
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.
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.
The Sustainable Tourism Programme was developed based on regional consultations, stock taking exercise and global survey on existing data and initiatives on sustainable tourism, engaging nearly 400 actors as well as relevant UN agencies, resolutions and programmes. Regional consultations included the Southern Africa Consultation in August 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as the Asia Pacific Consultation that took place in April 2014 in Busan, Korea. A Global Survey on Sustainable Tourism that gathered 355 responses was carried out from August to October 2013 to further help develop the programme.
The 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Tourism including Eco-Tourism was launched on 5 November 2014 at the World Responsible Tourism Day during the World Travel Market in London. The programme is led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the Governments of France, Korea and Morocco serving as Co-Leads.
With more than 100 partners around the globe and encouraging efficient collaboration among stakeholders, the Sustainable Tourism Programme will be an important contributor to the mainstreaming of sustainable consumption and production patterns in the tourism sector.
The Lead and Co-Leads are advised by a 22-member Multi Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) comprising representatives of governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, private sector businesses, intergovernmental organisations, national cleaner production centres as well as academia and UN agencies.
Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
The 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) was launched at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya, Japan on 11 November 2014. The SLE programme is supported by three co-leads: the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the Swedish government and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
It aims to identify and build on opportunities to promote sustainable lifestyles for an effective and inclusive shift towards sustainability.
Working with a broad range of actors, from communities to scientists and economists, it explores alternative models to do ‘more and better with less’, solutions to promote resource efficiency, less pollution and waste, together with more quality of life. From global to grass-roots levels, social innovation, collaborative consumption and other transformative models or initiatives are being developed with the objective of building more sustainable societies.
The work areas of the programme are:
1. Developing and replicating sustainable lifestyles, including low-carbon lifestyles;
2. Educating for sustainable lifestyles;
3. Transforming current and shaping future generations' lifestyles.
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. 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. Following the stock-taking exercise, a draft concept note was submited for consultation in September 2014. The launch is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2015.
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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