Regional Consultations
 
Latin America & the Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean has been steadily moving towards the implementation of SCP in the region.

There have been several regional consultations of the Marrakech Process in Latin America and the Caribbean:

These regional consultations have identified the high priority issues within the SCP framework for the region. Regional priorities for Latin America are:

  • Economic issues: competitiveness, trade and market access, economic diversification, energy efficiency and cleaner production, economic instruments and patterns in consumption and production

  • Vulnerability and sustainable cities: land-use planning, areas affected by degradation processes, urban planning, air pollution, water pollution, waste management, vulnerability and risk management

  • Water resources: watershed management, coasts and coastal resources management, inland water quality and freshwater supply

  • Institutional issues: environmental education, training and capacity building, social participation and empowerment, promotion of public-private partnerships, inclusion of the environmental dimension into economic and social processes, evaluation and development of indicators

Main initiatives and accomplishments in the regioninclude:

The Regional Strategy on SCP

Within the framework of the Marrakech Process, Latin America and Caribbean has developed its regional SCP Strategy (PDF - 32 KB), which defines concrete actions and specific pilot projects. The Strategy emphasises the importance of strengthening the capacity of government institutions as well as the capacity of the productive and financial sectors to implement SCP-related polices and actives. The regional strategy has been endorsed by the Forum of Environmental Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), UNEP and UN-DESA. In 2007, MERCOSUR joined the Marrakech Process, and has launched its SCP Action Plan.

The Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP

Another important outcome of the regional expert meetings is the establishment of the Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP (PDF - 28 KB), which was recognised and supported by the Forum of Environmental Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its main objective is to identify and propose efficient mechanisms to integrate policies, strategies and programmes promoting SCP patterns. The council consists of one government expert from each country in the region, and meets on an annual basis.

The Regional Forum of Ministries of Environment (held in Dominican Republic, 30th Jan. and 1st February/2008) identified SCP as one of the eight main priorities, and most of the recommendation prepared by the Regional Council on SCP were approved.

The Sub Regional Action Plans and Consultations

Two sub-regional consultations were held in Latin America in 2008:

The 1st sub-regional meeting on SCP for Caribbean Countries (Trinidad & Tobago August, 2008) had the objective to identify the needs for capacity building on SCP and strengthen SCP policies and activities in the region. Main outcomes of the meeting include the launch of a sub-regional status assessment on SCP process and initiatives and the creation of an Adhoc Caribbean Working Group. A Draft Action Plan on SCP for Caribbean countries is under preparation.

A Workshop on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) for Mesoamérica was held in Costa Rica (October 2008). Its goal was to train public procurement government officials and the SCP focal points for Central America on basic concepts, practices, and methodologies of SPP. The workshop discussed and evaluated the Mesoamerican SCP Action Plan and the first draft of the 10YFP.

Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meetings

Fifth Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Meeting on SCP in Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia (September 2009)

The 5th Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Meeting on SCP took place in Cartagena, Colombia on 16-18 September 2009. The main objective was to report the progress achieved on SCP in the region with regard to the priorities identified by the Council of Experts and ratified by Decision 10 of the Forum of Ministers and to define the specific contributions of the region to 10 YFP that will be presented to the CSD in 2010. These inputs, which include priorities and needs for the region, will also be recommended by the Experts Council to the Forum of Ministers of Environment, at the time of its next meeting in Mexico early next year.

The meeting involved 94 participants from 23 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean including representatives from subregional organizations, NGOs, business sector and academia.

One of the main outcomes on SCP was the set of recommendations to the Forum of Ministers of the Environment with a special focus on National Plans and Strategies, Small and Medium Enterprises, Sustainable Public Procurement and Sustainable Lifestyles with a particular focus on youth.

See recommendations to the Forum of Ministers in English and Spanish. See meeting report in English and Spanish
For more information, please visit http://www.redpycs.net/

Fourth Regional Meeting on SCP in the Latin America and the Caribbean
São Paulo, Brazil (October 2007)

The Fourth Regional Meeting on SCP in the Latin America and the Caribbean revised the regional SCP strategy identifying sub-regional priorities. It also analysed the outline of the 10YFP and identified key programmes according to the regional priorities to be included in the 10YFP such as: national action plans, sustainable public procurement, sustainable products, education & sustainable lifestyles, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and supply chains, and work on indicators and SCP information. Other outcomes of the meeting are:

  • Four sub-regional action plans were developed
  • The Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP was strengthened and new members were elected
  • A recommendation on SCP (PDF - 1 MB) was developed and presented at the LAC Forum of Ministries of Environment
  • The meeting also helped to strengthen the dialogue between governments, civil society and industry
The 4th Regional Meeting on SCP in the Latina America and the Caribbean strengthened the dialogue between governments, civil society and industry

Link

  • Background Paper (Spanish only) [PDF - 420 KB]
  • Background Paper on Marrakech Process best practices (English only) [PDF - 212 KB]
  • Meeting report (Spanish English) [PDF - 1 MB]

Third Meeting of Government Experts on SCP in Latin America and the Caribbean
Managua, Nicaragua (August 2005)

The Third Meeting of Government Experts on SCP suggested to create multi-stakeholder National Consultative Councils on SCP that consist of representatives from the private sector, the government, universities, consumer associations and other civil society organizations for participatory development of policies, strategies and action plans. It also recommended the development of policies, national strategies and action plans for SCP in every country of the region and the inclusion of SCP in national and regional policies for sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Links:

  • Final report & recommandation (English Spanish) [PDF - 33 KB]
  • Declaration 10 of the LAC Forum of Ministries of Environment (Spanish English) [PDF - 18 KB]

Second Regional Governments Expert Meeting for the Elaboration of a Regional Strategy on SCP
Managua, Nicaragua (October 2003)

The Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP DOC was established during the Second Regional Governments Expert Meeting with the objective to identify and propose efficient mechanisms for the implementation of integrated policies, strategies and programmes that promote and facilitate the adoption of SCP.

A regional strategy on SCP was developed and key elements for the elaboration of national and regional strategies on SCP were recommended to the Forum of Environment Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean. It was also identified policy framework and instruments, main actors and means of implementation for SCP strategies.

Link

First Meeting of Government Experts on SCP in Latin America and the Caribbean
Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 2003)

The First Meeting of Government Experts on SCP identified the national and regional priorities on SCP and the needs of qualification and technical capacity and elaborated a regional platform on SCP. It was also proposed a creation of a Regional Council of Government Experts on SCP and recommended key elements for regional and national SCP strategies.

Link

 

Upcoming events

Decision

The Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean has approved the Action Plan on SCP prepared at the regional meeting in Sao Paulo. The Action plan presents the needs and priorities of each sub-region, taking into account the Latin American and Caribbean Initiative for Sustainable Development (ILAC), which has included SCP issue as a specific chapter among of its priorities.

This decision (Spanish English [PDF 18 KB]) was taken during the Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 27th January to 1st February 2008.