UNEP launches platform to advance sustainable consumption and production
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Global Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Clearinghouse to outline actions for a more sustainable future. The initiative aims to encourage SCP knowledge-sharing and cooperation in response to the current unprecedented strain on natural resources. The initiative has already attracted 800 new members from 500 organisations in 100 countries worldwide. Read more…
UNEP, which serves as the Secretariat for the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), says the science showing that humanity’s lifestyle is unsustainable is overwhelming. The global population currently requires 1.5 planets to sustain it and projections are that this could increase to three planets by 2050 should global consumption trends continue.
In the face of economic crisis, environmental degradation and the threat of climate change, UNEP says the need for resource-efficient use of the Earth’s natural resources is becoming increasingly evident. SCP offers an effective solution, creating new markets, green jobs, and a more efficient and equitable management of natural resources.
The Global SCP Clearinghouse is intended to act as a central hub for experts to foster and strengthen partnerships through a cooperative marketplace, working groups and forums. It uses social networking to promote knowledge-sharing, bringing governments, businesses, researchers, civil society and the wider SCP community together to exchange ideas and experiences on sustainability issues ranging from public procurement and production to education and lifestyles.
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