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Capacity Building for Sustainable Public Procurement in Developing Countries

June 2011

Sustainable Public Procurement Newsletter

Issue #05

In this Issue

News from pilot countries

Colombia on the fast-track to SPP Implementation

Final meeting of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement

Outcome of the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

CSD-19 Side Event on SPP: the mandate of the Marrakech Task Force on SPP comes to an end. UNEP to take over.

Other news
- Training of Experts on the Marrakech Task Force Approach on Sustainable Public Procurement
- New Responsible consumption unit at UNEP
- Regional Workshop on Sustainable Public Procurement – Panama City, Panama – 11-13 July 2011
- Procurement Guidelines

 

Dear Reader,
Welcome to the latest issue of UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) newsletter.

Since 2009, UNEP has been running a project aimed at supporting the development and the implementation of SPP policies in 7 pilot countries through the Marrakech Task Force (MTF) Approach to SPP (see http://www.unep.fr/scp/procurement/). Because public procurement accounts for such a large share of GDP, SPP is considered to be a key instrument in the delivery of the sustainable development agenda and has therefore been included in UNEP’s programme of work.

In this issue of our SPP Newsletter we will inform you on the progress achieved by pilot countries in the roll out of the MTF Approach to SPP which will be revised on the basis of the lessons gathered from project implementation. The newsletter will also cover important activities which took place in the last months: the training of SPP experts on the MTF Approach to SPP organized in Freiburg in April 2011, the last meeting of the MTF on SPP and the side event on SPP held in New York on the occasion of the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19).  This event marked the end of the mandate of the MTF on SPP and paved the way to UNEP’s new role as custodian of the MTF Approach to SPP.

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News from pilot countries

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Chile has finalized its market readiness analysis. The consultants in charge of the task have processed and aggregated the expenditure information provided by Chilecompra. They have screened the sustainability of 55 framework agreements and 1.297 product groups assessing their present and prospective market availability. As a result of the study, ChileCompra Express, the Chilean e-catalogue, will now feature type II eco-labels for an increasing number of goods and services. Specific sustainable indicators and criteria will also be used for future framework agreements. Chile is also moving ahead with the training of national procurers through an e-learning module focused on the sustainability criteria of the Chilecompra Express store.  
For more information visit the new SPP website of Chile Compra: http://www.comprassustentables.cl/.

Colombia is also making rapid progress. The legal review and market readiness analysis have been completed. SPP implementation should start within the next two months in a number of voluntary public entities.  See special focus on Colombia below.

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Colombia on the fast-track to SPP implementation

The Colombian SPP project started in June 2010 and has since then made rapid progress. By the end of September 2010, most relevant stakeholders had joined the Sustainable Public Procurement Steering Committee which has so far counted with the active participation of its members and a proactive attitude in the development and promotion of SPP.  It is envisioned that the Steering committee becomes a formal institution in charge of overseeing the implementation of the future SPP policy.

A capacity building workshop took place on 11-12 October 2010 and allowed UNEP experts to train Steering committee members on the MTF approach and in particular on the prioritization methodology of goods and services. Colombia completed its status assessment and its prioritization exercise by the end of 2010.  The following priority product groups were selected: organic coffee, eco-efficient light bulbs, recycled paper, graphic industries and construction materials.

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Final meeting of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement

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Members of the MTF on SPP. Glion, Switzerland - May 2011

The 7th and final meeting of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement (MTF on SPP) organized by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment took place on 2-3 May 2011 in Glion, Switzerland. Ambassador Franz Perrez, Head of the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), took the opportunity to thank all the MTF members for their highly appreciated contributions to the successful outcome of the MTF on SPP's work. The gathering provided the opportunity to review the work that has been carried out by MTF members and in particular the SPP capacity building project lead by UNEP. Members also discussed possible changes in the MTF Approach to SPP as well as modalities of continuation of the Task Force work after CSD-19.

Outcomes of the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

The 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) took place on 2-13 May 2011 with the following thematic cluster: mining, waste, chemicals, transport and the 10YFP on SCP.  An agreement had been by member states on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production that included an open and illustrative list of programmes.

The decision would have established a 10YFP on SCP covering the period 2011-2021, based on Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) in order to achieve the goals and objectives defined in Chapter 3 of the JPOI on SCP. The text also included a common vision, values and goals, before detailing the functions of the 10YFP, its organizational structure, means of implementation and an open list of SCP programmes (including sustainable public procurement). Some of the important features of the agreement were:

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CSD 19 Side Event on SPP: The mandate of the Marrakech Task Force on SPP comes to an end. UNEP to take over

The Swiss Confederation and UNEP co-organized a side event on the experiences gained over the last years through the roll out of the MTF Approach to SPP in 11 pilot countries. D. Ziegerer and E. Venanzoni from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment presented the main components of the MTF approach to SPP and achievements of the MTF on SPP. The floor was then given to the representatives of the two pilot countries to the MTF approach to SPP, New Zealand and Mauritius who focused on the specific case of SPP implementation in their respective countries. The MTF’s mandate came to an end at the 19th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

At the end of the session, Mr Arab Hoballah, Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production at UNEP, confirmed the readiness of UNEP to act as the new custodian of the MTF Approach to SPP. He also presented the plans of our institution for the future scale up through the revised SPP Approach and outlined the efforts to reach out and better coordinate our activities with major sustainable procurement stakeholders (governments, cities, private sector, UN agencies, development Banks, expert organizations, etc.) through an International SPP Initiative.

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Other News

Training of Experts on the Marrakech Task Force Approach to Sustainable Public Procurement

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SPP Expert Training on the Marrakech Task Force Approach to Sustainable Public Procurement, April 2011. Freiburg, Germany

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), UNEP and ICLEI organized a high-level training of procurement experts on the Marrakech Task Force (MTF) approach to Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) in Freiburg (Germany) from 11 – 15 April 2011). The training was delivered by Ms Barbara Morton from Sustainable Procurement Ltd and was aimed at training selected experts to assist various countries worldwide in the implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement.

The Freiburg training brought together senior experts working in various countries such as Lebanon, Mauritius, Australia, Ghana, Columbia, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Iceland and Switzerland. Over the course of the week, participants who had to run through a highly demanding selection process, presented and exchanged experiences on the state of public procurement in their countries and discussed key issues related to the implementation of SPP and the delivery of training on the MTF approach to SPP.

For more information on UNEP’s SPP project, please visit http://www.unep.fr/scp/procurement/

New Responsible Consumption Unit in UNEP
A new Responsible Consumption Unit has been created within the Sustainable Consumption and Production branch of the Division of Technology Industry and Economics of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Message from Ms. Fanny Demassieux
Head, Responsible Consumption unit – UNEP DTIE

Dear Readers of the Sustainable Public Procurement Newsletter,

Consumers are increasingly interested in the "world that lies behind" the product they buy. Apart from price and quality, they want to know how, where and by whom the product has been produced. Consumers from developing and developed countries are a key driver to the paradigm shift that is necessary for our societies to become sustainable. Through increased demand for sustainable products, they can influence production patterns, business strategies and help markets of sustainable goods and services to go beyond their current niche.

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Fanny Demmassieux

Fanny Demassieux
Head, Responsible Consumption Unit
UNEP DTIE

 

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