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ATPS to participate in a side event at the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

The ATPS Executive Director, Prof. Kevin Urama is scheduled to address participants at a side event on “Shifting Consumption and Production for A systematic Change, from Rio to Rio and beyond.” The event, which is part of the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing council/Global Ministerial environment Forum (GCSSXII/GMEF), will be held on 22nd February 2012. 

The side event will review progress on shifting Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns towards sustainability over the last 20 years, from the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio (UNCED, 1992) through the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD, 2002) in Johannesburg, up to the forthcoming UN conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, 2012). More specifically, the objective will be to highlight the importance of SCP in the systemic and transformative change needed to overcome current environmental challenges and related crises, as well as in creating the operational conditions for a transition to a Green Economy to achieve sustainable development and poverty alleviation. 

The work of UNEP, its partners and stakeholders on SCP, including governments, private sector and civil society, will be presented. The event will also highlight activities supporting the implementation of policies, initiatives and partnerships, fostering business practices and changing consumer behaviors towards Resource Efficiency and SCP. Key achievements, challenges and opportunities for future work will be   showing the usefulness of SCP experience in making the Green Economy happen.  

This side event will also stress the message of the 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD19) that “further progress in achieving SCP requires a more coherent and sustained approach to provide policies and tools for implementation”, and that the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP (10YFP), called for in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, could provide this approach.  

Among those expected to attend are Mrs. Sylvie Lemmet; the Director of UNEP-DTIE, His Excellency Ida Margrete Meier Auken; Denmark’s Minister for the Environment, His Excellency Izabella Teixeira; Brazil’s Minister of the Environment, His Excellency Balthasar Kambuaya; Indonesia’s Minister of Environment, Mr. Randall Krantz; Director, Sustainability Initiative- World Economic Forum

Posted on Thursday 16th February, 2012




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