Regional Consultations
 
Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific regional consultations have outlined preliminary ideas on a regional strategy for SCP. The region has held four consultations in Indonesia (2003),in South Korea (2003), and in the Philippines (2008 and 2009) in joint cooperation with UNESCAP and the Asia Pacific Roundtable on SCP (APRSCP).

=>Main initiatives in the region include:

The Green Growth Initiative

Indeed, during the last regional meeting, the Green Growth regional initiative formally embraced the Marrakech Process.

“Green Growth” emphasizes the need to improve the “ecological efficiency” of the growth patterns of countries in the region so that the region may continue the much needed economic growth necessary for poverty reduction without compromising the environmental sustainability of the region. The Green Growth Approach could be strengthened to become the regional framework of programmes for SCP in the Asian and Pacific Region.

The Help Desk on SCP

The Asia-Pacific region has established a Help Desk on SCP in response to a request made at the second regional expert meeting. The Help Desk is hosted by the China Standard Certification Centre. The objectives of the Help Desk are to:

  • Share information through the Internet and expert networks
  • Conduct studies to identify SCP tools and case studies
  • Disseminate knowledge through training, policy dialogues and forums

The Asia-Pacific Roundtable for SCP

An important actor in the Asia-Pacific Region is the APRSCP - Asia-Pacific Roundtable for SCP. At the 7th Asia-Pacific Roundtable for SCP in Hanoi, Vietnam (April/2007), a special session on the Marrakech Process was organised to establish a dialogue among different stakeholders on policies and initiatives to accelerating the shift towards SCP. During the Stockholm International Meeting, the Asia Pacific Roundtable expressed their interest in joining the efforts of the Marrakech Process and offered to organise a meeting on SCP, which was held in Cebu, Philippines, September 2008.For more information see: http://www.aprscp.net/


Asia-Pacific Regional Meetings

=>See overall information on the Asia-Pacific regional meetings:

The Fourth Asia Pacific meeting on SCP, organized by UNEP in close collaboration with the UN Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), was held back to back to the Green Industry meeting in Manila, Philippines on September 12th 2009.
The main objectives were to:
1. Strengthen knowledge and implementation mechanisms on SCP that will in turn enable countries (including developing countries and emerging economies) to move towards a Green Economy and leapfrog from traditional pollution and resource intensive development patterns to cost-efficient SCP patterns.
2. Prepare the Asia Pacific contribution for the elaboration of the 10YFP to be reviewed and negotiated at the CSD19 in 2011. Regional outcomes and priorities will also feed into the discussions of the review year during CSD18 in 2010.
Meeting report coming soon!

Third Asia-Pacific Meeting
Cebu, Philippines, 2008

The Third meeting of the Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth (SINGG) and SCP for Climate Action, organized by UNESCAP, was held in September 2008 in Cebu, Philippines. It was held in parallel to the 8th Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP). UNESCAP and the Green Growth formally embraced the Marrakech Process. Indeed, the Green Growth approach lead by UNESCAP was highly praised by UNDESA, UNEP, UNIDO and the 8th APRSCP as the regional strategy for achieving sustainable development and covering all the major issues in the Marrakech Process for development of the 10YFP. It was recommended that the Green Growth Approach with its five tracks on green tax and budget reform, sustainable infrastructure, sustainable consumption, green business and ecological efficiency indicators could be strengthened to become the regional framework of programmes for SCP in the Asian and Pacific Region. The next meeting on Green Growth and the Marrakech Process will take place in August 2009.

Links:

  • Meeting report Philippines
  • Background paper and concept note
  • Green Growth approach for Climate Action

    Second Asia-Pacific Meeting
    Seoul, Republic of Korea (November 2003)

    Three working groups discussed during the Second Asia-Pacific Meeting, how further work on SCP in the region should be organized in the areas of government, industry and civil society. The outcome of this meeting was endorsed by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) Committee on Managing Globalization.

    Links:

    First Asia-Pacific Meeting
    Yogyakarta, Indonesia (May 2003).

    The First Asia-Pacific Meeting identified priorities and elements for regional frameworks for the region through the discussions of three working groups on business strategies and tools, government strategies and policy tools, and civil society and consumers.

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    SC.Asia

    Another relevant project in the region was the SC.Asia: 'Capacity Building for Implementation of UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection) in Asia'. This two-year project (2005-2007) was financially supported by the European Union, through its Asia Pro-Eco Programme. The project was proposed as a means to respond to the call from governments in Asia to strengthen the capacity of governments and other stakeholders to implement the UN Guidelines on Sustainable Consumption, and to share experiences regionally (Asia-Asia) and inter-regionally (Europe-Asia) on sustainable consumption practices. The project involves six European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden) and 12 Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, P.R. China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam). The project was a collaborative effort between the UNEP, Consumers International, the Centre for Environment and Development and the Danish Consumer Council.

    SC.Asia identifies 'best practices' for promoting SCP, and then builded knowledge and capacity in government agencies for their implementation

    A key output of the initiative was a guidance manual entitled Advancing Sustainable Consumption in Asia which provides Asian governments with practical tools for developing national action plans, with special focus on:

    • Product information
    • Waste prevention and minimisation
    • Sustainable government practices
    • Awareness, education and marketing for SCP

 

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Djauhari Oratmangun
'Coherent and integrated policies on SCP need to be established. This is a necessity if the Asia-Pacific region is to become the world's main manufacturing hub over the next 10 years and to address the challenge of alleviating poverty and of increasing the quality of life for all its people'

Djauhari Oratmangun, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia (First Asia-Pacific Meeting, Indonesia/2003)