- Sustainable Public Procurement
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, hosted the webinar "Shaping the future through sustainable public procurement – actions from the Caribbean" on February 12, 2021.
This is the second webinar of a small series on sustainable public procurement, as part of the joint UNEP and OECS Commission “Strengthening Sustainable Public Procurement in the Eastern Caribbean” initiative. It provides first-hand insights into some of the actions that Commonwealth Caribbean countries - Belize, The Bahamas, Grenada, and Jamaica - have taken to promote sustainable public procurement practices, as well as some of the challenges they have experienced, and lessons learned.
Commonwealth Caribbean countries are making important advances in sustainable public procurement. A number of countries have included sustainability considerations in their new stand-alone public procurement legislation and one country has even designed a dedicated sustainable public procurement policy. Sustainability considerations are also being integrated into procurement processes, and supportive tools, such as sustainable public procurement guidelines are being developed. Of course, each country’s journey towards sustainable public procurement is unique.
This webinar prompts panelists from four Commonwealth Caribbean countries to describe their country’s status vis-a-vis sustainable public procurement, the consultative process that was taken to advance the sustainable public procurement agenda, the key stakeholders that were consulted, the areas of sustainable development (social, environmental and/or economy) that have been prioritized, and examples of its application in public purchasing.
Agnes Wierzbicki, Sustainable Public Procurement Consultant, UNEP
Adriana Salazar, Procurement Specialist, IDB
Beatriz Carneiro, Programme Officer GO4SDGs, UNEP
Hugo Inga, Specialist at DEPM/OAS, INGP Technical Secretariat
Farid Yaker, Programme Officer, Sustainable Public Procurement, UNEP
Artemio Osorio, Director of Procurement Unit, Belize
Daniel Ferguson, Procurement Officer, The Bahamas
Terrence Victor, Chief Procurement Officer, Grenada
Andrei Bennett, Chief Procurement Officer, Jamaica