Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies: Taking Action Together
The Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies, developed by
the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the financial support of the European
Commission, provides a non-exhaustive review of policies and initiatives that are promoting the
shift towards SCP patterns. This report identifies examples of effective policies and initiatives being
implemented worldwide. It reviews 56 case studies ranging from global multilateral agreements
and regional strategies to specific policies and initiatives and shows progress achieved in promoting
SCP, highlighting best practices and offering recommendations to scale up and replicate these
Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN:
The UN Systemís Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It (2011 edition)
The most recent analysis of the UNís performance in implementing the UNís Climate
Neutral Strategy. The report includes the details of the greenhouse gas emissions for
54 entities in 2010, as well as a breakdown of emissions by activity. It also
details progress in reducing emissions and plans for the future. With a Foreword
by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and a Preface by the UNEP Executive Director,
Achim Steiner, this report is the first and last word in the UNís sustainability
performance to date.
21 Issues for the 21st Century:
Results of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues
The UNEP Foresight Report contains a description of the 21 emerging environmental issues
identified through the UNEP Foresight Process.
The process, which was led by the UNEP Chief Scientist with support from UNEP Division of Early
Warning and Assessment, involved the identification of emerging issues by UNEP colleagues and
a Foresight Panel comprising of 22 distinguished members of the scientific community cutting
across a wide spectrum of environmental related disciplines and world regions; the debating and
prioritisation of the identified issues by the Foresight Panel; the scoring of prioritised issues via
an electronic consultation involving more than 400 scientists worldwide; and a further debating
and ranking of the final list of issues by the Foresight Panel, putting into consideration the
outcome of the electronic consultation.
Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment:
Making informed choices on products
Every day, unsustainable patterns of consumption, unsustainable production
methods and population growth challenge the resilience of the planet to
support human activities. At the same time, inequalities between and
within societies remain high, leaving billions with unmet basic human needs
and a disproportionate vulnerability to global environmental change.
To counteract this trend, UNEP and SETAC have worked together to develop
Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. This has been achieved through the UNEP/SETAC
Life Cycle Initiative.
Green Growth, Resources and Resilience: Environmental Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific
This UNEP report describes an evolving policy landscape characterised by a changing economic
reality, rising demand for resources, increasingly apparent impacts of environmental and climate
change, and increased risk and uncertainty.
The report provides new insights into Asian and Pacific resource use trends and outlines key
actions, including reforming economic incentives and promoting more inclusive and adaptive
governance approaches, that governments can pursue to help bring economic growth strategies
in closer alignment with the objective of sustainable development. It also provides examples of
strategies for improving resilience to help deal with the increasing levels of risk faced by societies