In the last decade, UNEP has been actively supporting developing countries in the implementation of SPP and ecolabelling through the UNEP-led Marrakech process aimed at advancing sustainable consumption and production practices. The experience of the UK and Switzerland served as best practice for developing a specific SPP methodology, which was tested by UNEP in 7 pilot countries and subsequently revised and improved on the basis of the lessons learned.
The SPPEL project started in April 2013 and builds on the foundation laid by UNEP’s work in the fields of Ecolabelling and SPP. The project is supported by the European Commission, China and the Republic of Korea.
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More specifically, the project aims at providing capacity development and technical assistance to public and private sectors on the development of SPP policies and use of ecolabelling. In addition, target countries are assisted in the coordinated implementation of sustainable public procurement policies and ecolabelling
In order to reach the above mentioned objectives, the project is implemented at regional and national levels.
National activities are rolled out in 13 countries and include capacity building and advisory services for the combined implementation of SPP and ecolabelling.
At the regional level, the project focuses on consultations of stakeholders, awareness raising, regional cooperation, and capacity building activities in the Southern Cone (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay) and South East Asia (ASEAN countries).
A knowledge management, outreach and communication component supports national and regional level activities.