Responding to the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly resolution: "Innovative pathways to achieve sustainable consumption and production"
31 March 2021

At the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, held in March 2019, the Resolution 1 on Innovative pathways to achieve sustainable consumption and production , and its operative paragraph 15, requested ‘’the Executive Director to submit a report providing an overview of best practices, including their impact on the design of products and services, minimizing harmful environmental impacts, and coherent product policies to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation through sustainable consumption and production, and providing recommendations for consideration by the Environment Assembly at its fifth session’’. 
 

Click here to access the full text of the UNEP/EA.4/Res.1 on Innovative pathways to achieve sustainable consumption and production, in all UN languages. 

The project ’Mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production policies and circular economy models: best practices and recommendations’’ aims to accompany policy makers and help them to appreciate the need to set up an integrated and coherent policy package for impactful results, through:

  • An overview of existing coherent SCP and circular policies, which aim at decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation
  • A set of case studies illustrating current successful design practices of products/services, which minimize harmful environmental impacts of products throughout their lifecycle
  • Recommendations on the design and implementation of coherent SCP or circular policy packages that contribute to boost resource efficiency and decouple economic growth from environmental degradation and foster good practices related to sustainable design of products and services.

Access the key project findings in English , FrenchSpanish, ArabicChinese and Russian, including:

 

These conclusions build on the outcomes of online consultations engaging policy makers and other relevant stakeholders which were conducted in 2020 as follows:

     

In the Latin America and the Caribbean region, two online sessions were held:

- in Spanish on September 9th, 2020: recording; presentation; minutes & participants 

- in English on September 15th, 2020: recording; presentation; minutes & participants 

 

In the pan-European region, two online sessions were held:

- in English on September 24th, 2020: recording ; presentation; minutes & participants 

- in Russian on September 25th, 2020: recording ; presentation; minutes & participants

 

In North America region, two online conversations were held:

- With representatives of Canada, in English, on October 13th, 2020: presentation ; minutes & participants 

- With representatives of the United States of America, in English, on October 29th, 2020: presentationminutes & participants 

 

In the Africa region, two online sessions were held:

- in English on September 22nd, 2020: recording ; presentation; minutes & participants 

- in French on September 29th, 2020: recording ; presentation; minutes & participants 

 

In the West Asia region, one online session was held in Arabic on October 6th, 2020: recording ; presentation ; minutes & participants 

 

In the Asia Pacific region, one online session was held in English on September 16th, 2020: recording ; presentation; minutes & participants

Contact

Claire Thiebault

Associate Programme Management Officer

Consumption and Production Unit - Resources and Markets Branch

Economy Division

United Nations Environment Programme

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The project ‘’Mainstreaming coherent and effective sustainable consumption and production policies, including through circular economy models: best practices and recommendations” is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme, with the financial support of the European Commission.

 

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