By Sudeshna Chowdhury
The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) is crucial for sustainable development. “The 10YFP is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards SCP in both developed and developing countries,” noted the United Nations Environment Programme.
At a side event organised by the Inter-Agency Coordination Group (IACG) with the support of the 10YFP Secretariat on 30 June in New York, panellists representing UNDESA, UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNESCAP, stressed the role of the UN in building cooperation, joint capacity building activities on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and implementing the 10YFP, established after the Rio+20 Conference with five initial programmes in consumer information; sustainable lifestyles and education, sustainable public procurement (SPP); sustainable buildings and construction, and sustainable tourism, including ecotourism.
Explaining the central role of food in society, FAO's Director of the NY Liaision Office, Sharon Brennen-Haylock, said that new 10YFP was seen as a significant opportunity to contribute to accelerating the shift to SCP in both developing and developed countries, leading FAO and UNEP to obtain approval from the I0YFP Board for a sixth programme on “sustainable food systems” (SFSP).
To fulfil the objectives of the 10YFP, there is a need for collaborative efforts within the UN system with very strong economic, social and environmental elements along with implementation at a regional level, said Mr. Charles Arden-Clarke, Acting Head of the 10YFP Secretariat, United Nations Environment Programme.
Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Director of UNESCO New York Office, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) also has an important role to play in this regard. As a holistic and comprehensive package for the quality of education, ESD “is also about learning to deal with complexity in an ever changing world,” Jensen added.
Talking about the Asia Pacific region, Mr. Rae Kwon Chung, Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), said that to continue the rapid growth the region has seen in recent years, there has to be some changes made at a policy level.
For example-- Green growth is critical for the region because of climate change, vulnerability and resource constraint. The idea is to “change the way we grow and consume,” Mr. Chung said. This can be done by focussing on quality of growth rather than just the quantity of growth, he added.
The main added value of the proposed SFSP with regard to existing programmes under the 10YFP is that it will promote sustainable consumption and production patterns in the area of food and agriculture,” said Ms Brennen-Haylock