The second webinar of the Asia-Pacific GPPEL Network

The second bi-annual webinar of the Asia-Pacific GPPEL Network was hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday 26 August 2015 with the agenda:

• UNEP Asia Pacific GPP and Eco-labelling projects updates, Farid Yaker, UNEP

• Sustainable Public Procurement and Green Label Program in Viet Nam, Nguyen Minh Cuong and Nguyen Thanh Nga, Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), Department of International Cooperation and Science, Technology (ISD), Vietnam

• Progress on Harmonization of Ecolabels in South East Asia, and the SCP in South East Asia, Lunchakorn Prathumratana and Kanchanatetee Vasuvat, GIZ Thailand

Mr. Farid Yaker presented an overall progress of GPPEL projects in Asia and the Pacific. Among the updates seven new case studies of GPPEL from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand were discussed. The comparative study of these four countries is also under way which will be the basis of the upcoming regional training workshop.

A comprehensive and insightful presentation of GPP/SPP EL activities in Vietnam were presented by Mr. Nguyen Minh Cuong, the Vietnam Environment Administration. As one of the key players in this field, Vietnam's strong commitment is reflected in, among others, the Article 47 of the Decree guiding in details the implementation of Law on Environmental Protection 2014, discussed during the webinar.

Ms. Lunchakorn Prathumratana shared with the audience the progress on harmonization of Eco-labels in South East Asia including the Mutual recognition agreement - Thai Green Label and Hong Kong Green Label Scheme. Ms. Kanchanatetee Vasuvat, GIZ Thailand wrapped up the session nicely with a forward looking outlook of the Advanced SCP to be launched in September.

The recording of this webinar is available through the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OvKj7EHjUk

About this webinar

This series of webinar is organized as part of the project "Strengthening the capacities and improving the knowledge on Green Public Procurement and Eco-Labelling in the Asia-Pacific region" funded by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the People's Republic of China; and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI), with the intention of increasing knowledge sharing and capacity development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Specific objectives of these webinars are to 1) report on events and activities of the Network members, 2) share members' work and experiences, and 3) announce upcoming activities in SPP/GPP/Ecolabelling in the Asia-Pacific region.

Published in 2015 by
  • Farid Yaker
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2015 by
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
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  • English
Published in 2013 by
  • SEMARNAT
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  • Spanish
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP/KEITI/GIZ/GPN MALAYSIA
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2013 by
  • Minister of Environment
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  • English
Published in 2013 by
  • SEMARNAT
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  • Spanish
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP
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10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2014 by
  • UNEP
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National Guidelines on Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) for Tanzania

This publication is part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) pilot project on institutional strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) – Advancing ESC policy and implementation strategies; a pilot project implemented in Chile, Indonesia and Tanzania (2011-14). This project was implemented by the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), in collaboration with the UNEP Regional Office for Africa, with the financial support of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, as well as the UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP), Tanzania. This publication was developed in close collaboration with key national and international partners including Tanzania's Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) as well as the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL).

The objectives of these guidelines are to:
• Enable Tanzania to better understand the principles of ESC;
• Assist in strengthening ESC techniques and teaching methods that incorporate sustainable consumption and lifestyle choices; and
• Promote and encourage ESC based on existing pedagogical techniques.

These guidelines highlight the philosophy of ESC based on pedagogical techniques, which are participatory, inclusive, contextualized and flexible.
The technique deviates from traditional teaching techniques and suggests engaging learners where experience, reflection, critical analysis, tolerance,
cooperation, compassion and respect are highly encouraged. These guidelines aim to contribute to shaping Tanzania's basic education system into one that promotes attitudes and behaviour that are geared towards a culture of sustainability.

These ESC guidelines have been developed based on the importance, critical contexts and necessity of enhancing education system as a backbone of consumer education, civic training and responsibilities and environmental education for better resource use, management and conservation. The guidelines highlight modalities of achieving ESC in Tanzania by focusing on research areas and optimizing the opportunities that benefit the country. Also, it identifies the current ESC topics and gaps in basic education systems for changing consumption and lifestyles and recommends approaches for overcoming the gaps and maximizing the opportunities.

This publication, which will be available in Swahili in late 2015, is a contribution to the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, in particular, the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme.

Published in 2015 by
  • National Environment Management Council (NEMC) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP/10YFP
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  • English
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP
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  • English
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP, IISD, CSIRO
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  • English
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2013 by
  • UNEP
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2013 by
  • UNEP
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP
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  • English

Baseline Review Report: Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP)

This baseline review is intended to inform an ongoing project sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the framework of the 10YFP SPP Programme.

As one of several activities under the 10YFP SPP programme, this project is supported by the “2B: Measurement and Communication of Sustainable Public Procurement Benefits” working group. The hypothesis driving the 2B working group is: SPP practices will increase if there is a reliable way of measuring and communicating the sustainability benefits of SPP programmes.

The goal of the project is to lay a solid foundation for measuring SPP benefits.

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and Industrial Economics, Inc. (IEc) are leading this project, with support from the UNEP 10YFP Programme Secretariat and the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI).

The goal of the baseline review presented in this report is to:
1. Review the existing methodologies and literature on measuring SPP benefits that could be applied to the current project.
2. Identify the major gaps and inconsistencies in the existing approaches.
3. Enable a baseline understanding for the community of professionals working on SPP of the existing approaches for measuring SPP benefits and the gaps that need to be filled to advance the field.

The Baseline Report incorporates comments and suggestions received from working group 2B members, 10YFP Secretariat, SPLC staff, working group 2A leaders, and from the participants of the in-person workshop “Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement” organized on January 14, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Published in 2015 by
  • Dr. Anastasia O’Rourke, Angela Helman, Daniel Kaufman, Kristen Sebasky and Grace Lambert
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  • English
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  • Dutch Sustainability Business Association
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Draft: Pathways to Sustainable Lifestyles - Global Stocktaking Report

The purpose of this stocktaking report is to contribute to the overall development of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) by delivering a better understanding of the complex relations between lifestyles and sustainability, briefly explaining the relevant role of research, policy development, education and civic action as fundamental tools to enable, strengthen and safeguard sustainable lifestyles, and identifying regional, sub regional, national and local initiatives and actions that indicate a shift towards more sustainable lifestyles or the safeguarding of sustainable traditional knowledge and cultural practices.

This report:
- presents the concept of sustainable lifestyles as understood today;
- identifies common lifestyles issues and differences between regions; and
- presents examples of the trends and innovations that are in place to address them, placing a special focus on education.

This report will consider how transformative learning and change towards sustainable lifestyles can be accelerated and enhanced through the initiatives of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme.

This report was prepared by contributors from:
- The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) namely Victoria Thoresen, Robert Didham, Carme Martinez-Roca, Luis Flores Mimica, Cathy Rutivi and Sevgi Kalkan;
- with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including Fabienne Pierre (Programme Officer), Garrette Clark (Programme Officer), Khairoon Abbas (Consultant) and Helene Cruypenninck (former Consultant).

Published in 2014 by
  • The 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP)
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  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
Published in 2015 by
  • UNEP/KEITI/GIZ/GPN Malaysia/GPN Japan
Available in:
  • English
10 YFP
Sustainable Public Procurement