The SCP Branch works closely with governments
encouraging and supporting the development and implementation of
effective policies to promote sustainable consumption and production
(SCP) and accelerate the shift towards more resource efficient economies
and sustainable lifestyles.
The main areas of work on SCP policies are:
- Developing national and regional SCP strategies
and a Global Framework for Action on SCP, that is being done
through the Marrakech Process.
The Process is creating commitment from government; implementing
SCP projects and building north-south cooperation and public-private
- Supporting the implementation of National
Programmes on SCP. The SCP Branch provides guidelines, builds
capacity (training sessions, workshops and information clearinghouses)
and supports the implementation of national SCP programmes.
- Promoting Sustainable
Public Procurement (SPP) providing guidelines, capacity
building and assistance for the develop and implementation of
SPP Programmes. Recently UNEP has launched the Sustainable
UN Initiatives (SUN) which will assist the organisation
in implementing sustainable procurement and management in the
- Gathering evidence of the contribution of
SCP to poverty reduction and developing capacity for the integration
of SCP objectives in development plans. To this end, the Branch
is carrying out a SCP and Poverty
alleviation project with a special focus on key sectors
such as water, energy, waste and agriculture.