National Roundtables
UNEP together with the European Commission are organizing National Roundtables on Sustainable Consumption and Production in countries with emerging economies: Brazil, China, South Africa, Mexico and in India. These roundtables are organised in cooperation with the respective governments. The main objectives are:
  • Raise awareness on SCP
  • Identify country-specific SCP priority areas
  • Define policies and means to promote its effective implementation

These roundtables are organised in the framework of the Marrakech Process. Regional consultations have so far been useful for identifying regional SCP priorities and needs. The process has been increasingly focusing on the implementation of concrete projects developed by expert groups on different SCP issues, on the development of SCP strategies and action plans at international, regional levels.

More concrete action is still needed at country level to find and implement specific solutions that will improve the quality of life of all the citizens while improving the sustainability of the countries' production.

Main objectives

The ultimate objective of the roundtables is to support the development and implementation of SCP action plans and/or initiatives. In fact, the National Roundtables on SCP provide an excellent opportunity for:

  • Strengthening multi-stakeholders cooperation between experts from the UN, Europe and concerned countries to mutually benefit from the exchange of expertise in dealing with the unsustainable consumption and production patterns

  • Find and implement specific solutions relevant to the regional and national priorities that will improve the quality of life of the citizens while contributing to the global process of developing a 10-Year Framework of Programmes on sustainable consumption and production

To learn more on the National Roundtables on SCP, click here:
- Brazil (Sao Paulo, 2007)
- India (Mumbai 2006, New Delhi 2007, New Delhi 2010)
- China (Beijing, 2006, 2008 and 2009)
- South Africa (Boksburg, 2008)
- Mexico (Mexico City, 2010)

National SCP Programmes and Indicators

One of the key recommendations coming out of the regional and international meetings of the Marrakech Process is the need to develop non-prescriptive guidelines to support the implementation of national SCP programmes and action plans. As a response, UNEP together with the United Kingdom (DEFRA) have developed a Guidance Manual for National SCP Programmes "Planning for Change" which provides practical steps for the development, implementation and monitoring of national programmes on SCP.
The Key Activities under the Marrakech process at the National level are:

Top reasons for developing a national SCP programme

SCP is focused and thus relatively easy to communicate and implement
SCP is one of the main pillars of sustainable development
Integrates supply (production) and demand (consumption) - side activities in coherent market strategy
Uses life cycle thinking to ensure that problems are not pushed into other phases of the life cycle
Seeks to achieve 'win-win' outcomes through a multi-stakeholder setting
Can help to attract funds from donors for projects (e.g. development organisations)
SCP targets business and industry - key players in achieving sustainable development
SCP initiatives can create jobs and investment and encourage social and business innovation
Achim Steiner
"The Marrakech Process has revealed an enormous interest in SCP. Not only developed countries, which were called upon to take the lead, but also many developing countries have gathered and have worked together over the last few years. We will not arrive at sustainable patterns of consumption and production by just talking among ourselves. Taking action on the national level is also paramount. Indeed, it has been quite heartening for me to see that in the survey used to gather information for the Guidelines for National Programmes on SCP so many countries are already implementing coherent programmes of action."
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme