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About SPP

The 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) is a global multi-stakeholder platform that supports the implementation of sustainable public procurement around the world. The Programme builds synergies between diverse partners to achieve the SDG target on SPP. 

The 10YFP Programme on SPP further amplifies and extends the impact of the Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI), which was launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference. The SPPI was itself a continuation of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement, led by the government of Switzerland from 2005 until 2011. To view the main achievements of the Marrakech Task Force, please visit esa.un.org/marrakechprocess

Read the 10YFP SPP newsletters: Issue 1 (January 2015), Issue 2 (May 2015), Issue 3 (September 2015),  Issue 4 (February 2016),  Issue 5 (April 2016), Issue 6 (August 2016), Issue 7 (December 2016), Issue 8 (April 2017), Issue 9 (July 2017),  Issue 10 (October 2017) and Issue 11 ( December 2017).  

Objectives

The Sustainable Public Procurement Programme aims at:

  1. Building the case for SPP: improving the knowledge on SPP and its effectiveness as a tool to promote sustainable consumption and production, support greener economies and sustainable development.
  2. Supporting the implementation of SPP on the ground through increased collaboration and better access to capacity-building tools and support from SPP experts.

What is Sustainable Public Procurement?

It is “a process whereby public organizations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life cycle basis. This means generating benefits not only to the organization, but also to society and the economy, whilst significantly reducing negative impacts on the environment”.

Why implementing SPP can make a difference

Public spending, which accounts for an average of 12% of GDP in OECD countries and up to 30% in developing countries, wields enormous purchasing power. Shifting that spending towards more sustainable goods and services can help drive markets in the direction of innovation and sustainability, thereby accelerating the transition to a green economy.

Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement

Through SPP, governments can lead by example and deliver key policy objectives and send strong market signals. Sustainable procurement allows governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve resource efficiency and support recycling. Positive social results include poverty reduction, improved equity and respect for core labor standards. From an economic perspective, SPP can generate income, reduce costs, support the transfer of skills and technology and promote innovation by domestic producers.

Testimony: 

“It is vital to promote sustainable public procurement as a catalyst for change, to redirect unsustainable production and consumption patterns.”

Gro Harlem Brundtland, 17 June 2012, Sustainable Development Dialogue Days, Rio
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