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North America

SCP in North America

Many opportunities exist in the North America region, defined here as the United States of America and Canada, to transition to more sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The region represents nearly 20 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), and a range of efforts have been undertaken in the region, such as voluntary labeling programs, regulatory policies, and consumer information campaigns.  Furthermore, a growing movement of civil society organizations (CSOs), including public-interest organizations, academic researchers, and community groups, are working to advance sustainability at the local, regional, national, and global levels, and the private sector is also increasingly taking up the sustainability challenge.

Regional cooperation platforms 

Bringing together interests of such a geographically and politically diverse region has been an important challenge in North America.

Since 1994, Canada, Mexico and the United States have collaborated in protecting North America's environment through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The NAAEC established an intergovernmental organization - the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) - to support cooperation among the NAFTA partners to address environmental issues of continental concern, including sustainable production and consumption. For further information, see and the Strategic Plan of the CEC.

Past meetings and webinars


To have a more complete look at the different activities happening around the region, check out the
Global database of SCP Initiatives

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