10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP)

Rio+20 Adopts the 10YFP

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Heads of State reaffirmed that promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production is one of the three overarching objectives of, and essential requirements for sustainable development. They also reiterated that fundamental changes in the way societies consume and produce are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development.

Furthermore at Rio+20, Heads of State strengthened their commitment to accelerate the shift towards SCP patterns with the adoption of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) – as stated in paragraph 226 of the Rio+20 Outcome Document “The Future we Want”.  

The 10YFP is a very concrete and operational outcome of Rio+20. It responds to the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI).  It builds on the 8 years work of the Marrakech Process , on regional SCP strategies and initiatives, as well as on the national cleaner production centers and other SCP best practices engaging a wide range of SCP stakeholders.

The 10YFP is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards SCP in both developed and developing countries. The framework will support capacity building, and provide technical and financial assistance to developing countries for this shift. The 10YFP will develop, replicate and scale up SCP and resource efficiency initiatives, at national and regional levels, decoupling environmental degradation and resource use from economic growth, and thus enhance the net contribution of economic activities to poverty eradication and social development.  The framework will encourage innovation and cooperation among all stakeholders.

The A/CONF.216/5 adopted document provides the vision, goals and values of the 10YFP as well as its functions, organisational structure, means of implementation, criteria for programmes design and an initial, non-exhaustive list of five programmes.   UNEP has been requested to act as the 10YFP Secretariat and to establish and administer a Trust Fund to support SCP implementation in developing countries. The A/CONF.216/5 is available for download in 6 languages:
[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

All stakeholders from all countries can be involved: government, private sector, civil society and major groups, researchers, UN agencies and financial institutions, among others.

What is the 10YFP?

It is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards SCP in both developed and developing countries. The framework will support capacity building, and provide technical and financial assistance to developing countries for this shift. The 10YFP will develop, replicate and scale up SCP and resource efficiency initiatives, at national and regional levels, decoupling environmental degradation and resource use from economic growth, and thus enhance the net contribution of economic activities to poverty eradication and social development.  The framework will encourage innovation and cooperation among all stakeholders.

UNEP has been requested to act as the 10YFP Secretariat and to establish and administer a Trust Fund to support SCP implementation in developing countries.

Main Objectives:

  • Support regional and national policies and initiatives to accelerate the shift towards SCP, contributing to resource efficiency and decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, while creating new job/market opportunities and contributing to poverty alleviation.
  • Provide financial and technical assistance and capacity building to developing countries, supporting the implementation of SCP activities at the regional and national levels. 
  • Serve as a platform for information and knowledge sharing on SCP tools, initiatives and best practices, enhancing cooperation and development of new partnerships – including public-private partnerships.

All stakeholders from all countries can be involved: government, private sector, civil society and major groups, researchers, UN agencies and financial institutions, among others.

Organisational Structure

The 10YFP includes: a Secretariat, a UN Interagency Coordination Group, a “small” Board, National Focal Points and a review/reporting body.

a) Secretariat: UNEP has been requested to serve as the 10YFP Secretariat, to fulfil the following functions: i) cooperate closely with and respond to Member States; ii) collaborate with all relevant United Nations bodies; iii) foster the active participation of key stakeholders; iv) contribute to the fulfilment of the functions of the 10YFP; v) organize and service relevant meetings on the 10YFP; and vi) report biennially to the body to be designated by UNGA 67 on the activities and vi) financial performance of the Trust Fund.
 
b) UN Interagency Coordination Group: the main objectives of this group will be to ensure UN cooperation in the implementation of the 10YFP identifying synergies and joint projects, and engaging the UN agencies in relevant 10YFP activities (e.g. programmes, research, meetings, national implementation).

c) Small Board: it will be established with the following functions: i) guiding the secretariat; ii)  assisting in securing funding, including contributions to the Trust Fund; iii) overseeing the secretariat’s operation of the trust fund and ensuring neutrality, transparency and accountability; iv) reporting progress annually to the body designated by UNGA 67; v) convening international and regional meetings;  vi) guiding preparations for the five-year review of the 10-year Framework of Programmes, among others. UNGA 67 is requested to consider the composition and nomination process of the Board.

d) National Focal Points:  will be nominated by member states with the objective of ensuring contact and coordination with the Board and the Secretariat and support the 10YFP implementation.

e) Reporting Body: Rio+20 requested the UNGA67 “to nominate the member state body to fully operationalize the 10YFP”. This refers to the body to which the 10YFP Secretariat and Board will report progress on a biannual and annual basis respectively.


Means of Implementation:

Means of implementation are through voluntary contributions from all sources, and a Trust Fund to be administered by UNEP. Another implementation mechanism will be the Global SCP Clearinghouse will serve as the information sharing platform.

  • Trust Fund: its main objectives are to receive and mobilize resources in a stable, sustained and predictable manner to develop and support SCP programmes in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, mainly providing seed money for capacity building activities delivered through its programmes. The Trust Fund will not be the sole source of funding for the 10YFP, which will attract funding from range of bilateral and multilateral sources.   Contributions to the Trust Fund will be important signal of political commitment.

  • The Global SCP Clearinghouse: This will be the 10YFP information platform. The Secretariat has been working on the development of the SCP Clearinghouse in close collaboration with regional officers and external partners. The clearinghouse has been designed to be dynamic and interactive. Its “back office” can be shared with external partners giving them ownership. The clearinghouse includes 17 thematic and regional communities/groups, and the following functions: i) database on SCP Initiatives with an interactive map; ii) E-Library: iii) events calendar; iv) news room and newsletters; v) working groups; vi) cooperation opportunities section; vii) directory of experts and viii) MySCP space. It will be launched by the end of this year.

10YFP programmes:

Programmes are at the core of the framework. They will bring together existing initiatives and partnerships working in similar areas, building synergies and cooperation between stakeholders to leverage resources towards mutual objectives and minimize duplication of ongoing efforts. The programmes will contribute to meeting the goals and principles of the 10YFP responding to national and regional needs, priorities and circumstances. They will encourage the involvement of governments, business, civil society and all relevant stakeholders. The programmes will use a mix of policy instruments and set clear objective, activities and indicators of success.

 The 10YFP adopted text includes an indicative and open list of programmes, which builds primarily on the experience gained through the Marrakech Process, including its Task Forces and regional SCP roundtables and strategies.  The five initial programmes are: i) consumer information; ii) sustainable lifestyles and education; iii) sustainable public procurement (SPP); iv) sustainable buildings and construction; and v) sustainable tourism, including ecotourism.

There is also the possibility to build additional programmes, should countries demand them (e.g. agri-food, CSR, waste, transport, etc).

Next steps – timing contingent on progress in the UNGA negotiations

  • UNGA67 deliberations: Follow up the United Nations General Assembly 67 session negotiations and deliberations on the Reporting Body and Small Board of the 10YFP.
  • Pre-launching of the Global SCP Clearinghouse: a “teaser” website will be online in January 2013; it will allow all actors and stakeholders (governments, business, NGOs, etc.) to become members and register their SCP initiatives. 
  • Setting up consultations for developing and launching the 10YFP programmes, based on the criteria defined in the A/CONF.216/5 document, the Secretariat is developing the “common template for the programmes” as required by the negotiated text. The aim is to have a consultation with governments and major groups to obtain feedback on the template, ensuring that while it captures all the agreed criteria for the programmes it is simple and feasible. 
  • Trust Fund: responding to the 10YFP, the Secretariat is preparing the administrative work for the establishment of the 10YFP Trust Fund and will make a call for contributions.
  • 10YFP Branding and communication strategy: a branding and communication strategy is under development. The newsletter and website will be launched by the end of 2012.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact the 10YFP Secretariat
Adriana Zacarias
e-mail: 10yfp@unep.org

+33 1 44 37 30 02