UN Environment - Support the Implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UN Environment commits to support countries in the implementation of sustainable public procurement (SPP). Specifically, UN Environment will support countries to promote and implement sustainable public procurement through Ten Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (SCP), Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement. The 10 Year Framework Programmes (10YFP) is led by UNEP and co-led by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI). UN Environment commits to support the Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) implementation on the ground by developing and sharing SPP tools, advocating good policies and raising awareness. UN Environment will also provide technical support for countries and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, information and experience.

Through SPP, governments can lead by example and deliver key policy objectives and send strong market signals while increasing the demand for sustainable products and services. Sustainable procurement allows governments to meet environmental goals, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving resource efficiency and supporting recycling. Positive social results include poverty reduction, improved equity and greater respect for core labour standards. From an economic perspective, SPP can generate income, reduce costs, support the transfer of skills and technology and promote innovation by domestic producers.

This commitment falls under focus area 4 of the Batumi Initiative to shift consumer behaviours towards more sustainable consumption.

Implementing partners will include 22 Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee members: ChileCompra, Eco Mark Office of Japan Environment Association, Environmental Development Center of Ministry of Environmental Protection (EDC), China, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC),  Fundación Centro de Gestión Tecnológica e Informática Industrial (CEGESTI) , ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (co-lead),  Indian Railways, Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan-Lebanon,  International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN),  International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), International Training Center of the ILO (ITC-ILO) , Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (co-lead), Mauritius Procurement Policy Office, National Agency for Public Procurement, Sweden, National Center for Cleaner Production and Environmental Technologies (NCPC), Colombia, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity,  SKL Kommentus, Sweden,  Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), and United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The commitment is relevant to SDG targets 12.1, 12.5, 12.6, 12.7, 7.3, 8.4 and 11.b.

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