The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) serves as the 10 Year Framework Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) secretariat and fulfills the following functions:

 To cooperate closely with and respond to Member States;  

 To collaborate with all relevant United Nations bodies, including the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Development Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Tourism Organization, through an inter-agency coordination group, and with regional entities and commissions, so that there is strong coordination;

 To foster the active participation of key stakeholders in the 10-year framework;  

 To contribute to the fulfillment of the functions of the 10-year framework of programmes;  

 To maintain a current list of active programmes and initiatives under the 10-year framework of programmes;  

 To organize and service relevant meetings on the 10-year framework of programmes; 

 To prepare reports relevant to the 10-year framework of programmes;  

 To report biennially to ECOSOC (as ad interim reporting body) on the activities and financial performance of the trust fund for programmes.

Functions of the 10YFP 

a) Promotion of the added value of a sustainable consumption and production approach for both developed and developing countries and, in particular, the opportunity to make rapid progress towards social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems through win-win solutions;

b) Enabling of all relevant stakeholders to share information and tools and to learn and share best practices identified in various regions, including through the Marrakech Process, while recognizing the need to help developing countries in this regard; 

c) Fostering of increased cooperation and networking among all stakeholders, including public-private partnerships; 

d) Supporting the integration of sustainable consumption and production in decision-making at all levels, taking into account its cross-cutting nature, for example through strategic planning and policymaking;

e) Raising awareness and engaging civil society, with a particular focus on school-system education, in particular among youth, and integrating education for sustainable consumption and production in formal and non-formal education programmes, as appropriate;

f) Facilitating access to technical assistance, training, financing, technology and capacity-building, in particular for developing countries;

g) Making use of the scientific and policy knowledge base and relevant international science policy mechanisms;

h) Supporting the efforts of developing countries to strengthen scientific and technological capacities to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production; 

i) Promoting the engagement of the private sector in efforts to achieve a shift towards sustainable consumption and production, particularly sectors with a high environmental and social impact, including through corporate environmental and social responsibility; 

j) Fostering innovation and new ideas, while increasing recognition of traditional knowledge;

k) Encouraging the 3R concept through, inter alia, the promotion of repair and maintenance work as an alternative to new products; 

l) In the implementation of programmes, taking into account available information on the root causes of current consumption patterns, as appropriate, and on the costs and benefits related to the implementation of sustainable consumption and production, particularly with regard to the impact on employment and poverty; 

m) Giving international attention to successful national, regional and international initiatives that accelerate a shift to sustainable consumption and production, including initiatives that promote the transfer of technology, on mutually agreed terms, as an incentive for active participation in the 10-year framework of programmes.