National Roundtables
Indian Roundtables on SCP
Mumbai, India (September 2006) and New Delhi, India (December 2007 and February 2010)

Three national roundtables have been held in India.

The First India Roundtable on SCP, held in Mumbai (September 2006), identified the key SCP priority areas for the country. They are:

  • SCP International framework and national priorities
  • Industrial production and energy utilization
  • Water resources and agriculture
  • Waste management with a particular focus on e-waste
  • Tools for sustainable consumption: life cycle approach, consumer education and information, and sustainable procurement
Participants in Mumbai concluded that environmental agenda must be linked
to combat poverty

The event was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Government of India, and UNEP, with the collaboration of the Safety Action Group (SAG) and sponsored by the European Commission (EC).


  • Meeting Report, including the Background Paper, and the Agenda (PDF - 623 KB)

India SCP Roundtable
Introductory Session

The Second India Roundtable (New Delhi, December 2007), also hosted by the Government of India and supported by the European Commission and UNEP, built on the lessons learned from the previous meeting. It exchanged ideas and experiences on developing 'key sector' action plans in the following areas:

  • Water efficiency and its utilization
  • Integrated waste management
  • Creating awareness for sustainable goods.

The three working groups came up with some key pilot activities and recommendations for future action. This action is considered a key stepping stone in the development and implementation of a national programme on SCP for India.


The 3rd India Roundtable on SCP took place on the 11 and 12 February 2010, in New Delhi. The roundtable was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and supported by the European Commission and UNEP. Over 60 stakeholders from government, academia, industry, civil society and donor community participated in this roundtable, which was inaugurated by the Joint Secretary (MoEF) Mr. Hem Pande.

The Third India Roundtable was organized as a brainstorming session to: (i) re-visit the five SCP concern areas first tabled at the Mumbai Roundtable in 2006: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Energy - Production and Usage, Management of Waste: Urban Solid Waste, E-waste, Hazardous/bio-medical waste, Sustainable Water Management and Sustainability of Consumer Demand; (ii) take stock of the existing situation - practices, legislation, bottlenecks, obstacles; (iii) discuss and agree on what measures are necessary to improve the country's SCP performance and (iv) prepare the Indian delegation to CSD 18.


Bas de Leeuw
"Thinking on the Al Gore documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth', on the work of the IPCC and the recently concluded Bali meeting, I feel that there is a more inconvenient truth than just climate change. The issue is really about survival of the people and the planet. The overall objective is two-fold: fist, to eliminate over-consumption of resources and second, the de-linking of economic growth and environmental degradation."
Bas de Leeuw (UNEP), New Delhi (December 2007)