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New UNEP Guidebook on Producing Effective Environmental Campaigns

Second International Expert Meeting on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica/Paris – 5 September 2005 – A roving “Environment Train” exhibition in Algeria, a radio series on pesticide pollution in Viet Nam and a novel ozone layer awareness campaign in Costa Rica are among sixteen innovative public campaigns featured in a new guidebook from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The guide, Communicating Sustainability - How to produce effective public campaign, provides national and local governments with professional advice on how to implement communications campaigns on environment and development issues.

It covers the myths and facts of communications and proposes useful resources as well as offering hints on how to get the best out of communications agencies.

The new UNEP guidebook is being launched today at an international meeting on sustainable consumption and production, taking place in San Jose, Costa Rica.

“The impacts of our consumption patterns are no longer vague and invisible,” writes UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer in his foreword to the guide. “Public communication has a key role to play to make sustainable development approachable and understandable. Informed, motivated and committed people can help us to achieve our sustainability goals,” he says.

“However, communicating effectively about sustainable lifestyles is a challenge,” Toepfer continues. “One needs to consider not only what to communicate, but how to communicate it. The lesson to be learned is that communication styles have to be positive and tailored to different circumstances and cultural contexts.”

Communicating Sustainably was co-produced with the London-based communications consultancy Futerra, ‘Working with UNEP on this guide, we were impressed at how many professionally-planned campaigns are already happening around the world. We hope that this exchange of international experience will help everyone who reads this guide,’ said Lucy Shea, Director of Strategy at Futerra. Communicating Sustainability is supported by the Ministry of Sustainable Development of Sweden and the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME).

The guide is being launched at the Second International Expert Meeting on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (the so called Marrakech Process), in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Over 160 experts representing 75 countries are attending the meeting to review the conclusions of regional consultations and to establish ways to improve international cooperation and assistance on the implementation of priority issues, such as tackling waste, pollution and other environmental problems.

Opening today’s meeting, Monique Barbut, Director of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), stressed the challenges ahead in implementing the Marrakech process. She also outlined UNEP’s focus in this area in the years ahead and announced priorities in the areas of industrial development and safer production, waste management, as well as issues of life cycle management, tourism, trade, energy and mobility.

“And of course,” said Mrs Barbut, “we also need to find better means to inform and motivate consumers. Persuading people to adopt environmentally-friendly lifestyles is one of the challenges that environmental authorities around the world face today.”

Two years ago, in Marrakech, the First International Meeting on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production concluded that education for, and raising awareness of the benefits of sustainable consumption and production were essential for its success.

Dissemination of information was considered important in promoting sustainable consumption and production and the need for effective use of practical tools, including awareness-raising, education, media and advertising was found to be critical.

UNEP’s new guidebook is responding to this need.

Communicating Sustainability can be downloaded from the UNEP website ( or from the Futerra website For hard copies of the guide, contact Solange Montillaud-Joyel at


For more information please contact: Robert Bisset, UNEP Press Officer on Tel: +331 4437 7613, Mobile: +33 6 2272 5842, E-mail:; or Bas de Leeuw, Head Strategy Unit, Production and Consumption Branch, Tel. +331 44 37 30 09, E-mail:; and Ms. Lucy Shea, Director of Strategy at Futerra, Tel. +44 20 7733 6363, E-mail: (This week in Costa Rica, Hotel Barcelo, +506 220-2034).




Further Resources

UNEP/FUTERRA guide "Communicating Sustainability - How to produce effective public campaigns"

Download the English pdf version (2,7 MB)

Making The Marrakech Process Work
The Second International Expert Meeting on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. San José, Costa Rica, 5-8 September 2005

UNEP Sustainable Consumption Branch


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