The 10YFP adopted at Rio+20

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)  adopted the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). This is a concrete and operational outcome that responds to the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) which calls to all stakeholders to “Encourage and promote the development of a 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) in support of regional and national initiatives to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production  to promote social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems...”.

Rio+20 Outcome Document "The Future we Want".

The Resolution A/CONF.216/5 - A 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns is available for download in 6 languages:
[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

More information is available at the UNCSD2012 website

Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 on Corporate Sustainability Reporting
This group was formed by the leading Governments of Brazil, Denmark, France and South Africa on 20 June 2012 following the acknowledgement of the importance of corporate sustainability reporting in Paragraph 47 of the outcome document of Rio+20 ('The Future We Want'), and is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

The Group's Charter was released on 7 November 2012 and details their vision and commitments. Further Governments will be invited to join the Group, and stakeholders interested in collaborating with them will be sought.

Download the Charter of the Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 on Corporate Sustainability Reporting:

  • English (click here)
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The Business Case for the Green Economy: Sustainable Return on Investment
This publication demonstrates the tremendous opportunities for companies in both developed and developing economies worldwide by transitioning to a more resource efficient Green Economy. Compelling economic and scientific data demonstrates the advantages for the financial bottom line and a wide-ranging collection of case studies give real-world examples of action taken. Environmental stresses are increasingly affecting the financial bottom line of companies all over the world. It makes sense that as we switch to a more resource efficient and Green Economy - one in which economic growth, social equity and human development go hand-in-hand with environmental security - business and industry will be a key driving force. From corner stores, to medium-sized enterprises and international conglomerates, there needs to be an understanding that nature provides us with valuable resources and services that must be accounted for, and that it is only by safeguarding these resources and services that we can improve our own livelihoods and those of future generations. ). ... Download the Publication and the Executive Summary | more on the Business Case

Sustainable Consumption and Production for Poverty Alleviation
This paper explores the type and quality of linkages between the objective of achieving sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, and those of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The paper constructs a theoretical framework based on the analysis of development specialists, as well as scenarios and empirical data which show how natural resources and the environment underpin development efforts. A number of case studies in key economic sectors, including energy, agriculture, waste management and urban development are provided, to validate this theoretical framework.  These case studies identify and where possible quantify the combination of economic, social and environmental gains secured by shifting towards SCP patterns. The relationship between indicators of development and SCP is also explored, highlighting important overlaps and complementarities between them. The paper's conclusions highlight the economic and social gains for developing countries from the shift to SCP, which also sustains nature's productive ecosystems.
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New Report: Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies
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 important efforts worldwide. more on the Global Outlook on SCP Policies | Download the Executive Summary. Also Available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.


The Sustainable Energy for All initiative combines the objective of ensuring universal access to energy with that of ensuring that this energy is derived as far as possible from clean and low-carbon sources.  This paper aims to evaluate how stronger policies towards energy efficiency can contribute to meeting these interlinked challenges.  It seeks to draw lessons about best practice in energy efficiency policy, picking out key constraints and effective responses to implement energy efficiency.  Drawing on this analysis, it assesses the work by UNEP on energy efficiency within the wider practice and on that basis it explores the options for UNEP in positioning its future work in the area.  This paper covers both the implementation of policies for energy efficiency in the economy as a whole and the specific case of ensuring access to energy efficient goods and services in communities recently connected to modern energy systems, normally to electricity distribution and clean fuels for cooking and simple industrial processes.

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Key Documents:

The ABC of SCP - Clarifying Concepts on Sustainable Consumption and Production - available online in 4 languages: Chinese - English - French - Portuguese - Spanish

The Global Outlook on SCP Policies