MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 9 OCTOBER
This is the date for our all-day preconference "Conserving Biodiversity Through Sustainable Production and Consumption," on the eve of the official 6th Session Environment for Europe Meeting. One of the objectives of the preconference is to explore the underlying causes of biodiversity, climate change and health risks -- all coming from unsustainable production and consumption patterns. Environment for Europe meeting presents a window of opportunity for taking significant action in addressing both the causes and symptoms of these problems by commiting to developing a Pan-Reigonal Framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production that would support national government, business and NGO initiatives to address the driving forces behinnd environmental and social degradation. For more, see our preconference website.
SPAC AND THE PARTNERSHIP PANEL
24 September 2007: Janis Brizga (Green Latvia), a long-time SPAC Issue Group member and Board member of ANPED, will be givng the NGO key note address in Belgrade at the panel on "Environmental Finance and Partnerships to Support the Implemetnation of Environmental Policies and Programmes" from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm on 11 October.
FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR BELGRADE
19 September 2007: It is now less than three weeks before the Environment for Europe session begins (at the Sava Center). There is a full agenda of the session, with related documents.(Interestingly, the conference website notes various documents and events focused on sustainable production and consumption, but without any mention or references to NGOs or any of the work or documents we have produced.) As the schedule now stands, we have the following dates to note:
6-8 October: The Working Group of Senior Officials (WGSO) will meet at the Sava Center starting at 10:00 am and will focus on finalizng the Ministerial Declaration. This is where the ECE and member states' commitment on a framework to support nation SPAC initiatives will or will not be made (see paragraph 23). Right now the Declaration only commits to 'support...the need to consider the development and establishment of a collaborative pan-European framework." We need EfE to commit to developing and establishing this framework! Supporting the framework proposal in the Declaration should be a top priority in our work in Belgrade.
Sunday 7 October: ECO Forum Coordinating Board meeting.
Monday 8 October: All day ECO Forum Strategy Meeting. Our SPAC Issue Group needs to come to this prepared with our statement of SPAC priorities and plans for interventions and actions in the coming days.
Tuesday 9 October: NGO Preconference on "Protecting Biodiversity Through Sustainable Production and Consumption." This is one of the main activities sponsored by ECO Forum in a colloboratioin betwen the SPAC Issue Group and Biodiversity Issue Group.
Wednesday 10 October: Biodiversity Panel
Thursday 11 October, 3 pm to 5 pm: Janis Brizga (Green Liberty, Latvia) has been nominated to give the NGO speech in the official Panel on Partnerships. The theme for this roundtable will be: "Environmental policy, international competitiveness and finance: can we afford a better environment?" and more specifically discusses integration of environmental policy
concerns into national economic development strategies. This is one of our few official opportunities to address governments with an NGO statement about the role of SPAC in development and national policy. Thus it is important to support and help Janis make this intervention.
Friday 12 October, morning (10 - 12:30): "Future of the Process". (Russian) I believe Anna Golubovska-Onisimova will be giving a presentation or intervention in this session. This will probably be our final opportunity to state our case or feelings about where we see things going in the next four years. If our framework proposal is adopted we will need to quickly think through our next steps in helping move ths ahead. If the framework remains something "to discuss" we can still use that process to push foreward ideas and priorities, assuming there is a concrete process to carry on those discussions. If there is no committment or action at all, we can express how we feel and think about that.
Friday afternoon: ECO Forum Strategy meeting. Here we will need to be prepared to communicate our plans for follow-up.
Conference documents on production and consumption:
ECO FORUM NGO STRATEGY MEETING BEGINS
28 February 2007: NGOs will meet in Brussels this week to prepare for the Environment for Europe conference. The SPAC Issue Group will also meet to discuss how to move the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to commit to developing a Pan-European policy framework and action plan to support the shift towards SPAC in the region. One of the targets will be to get this commitment into the Ministerial Declaration and in the Future of the ECE. The SPAC Issue Group will also discuss with the Biodiversity Issue Group collaboration in organizing a one-day NGO pre-conference in Belgrade "Towards the Sustainable Production and Consumption of Biodiversity."
For more background, see Update and Overview of SPAC and Environment for Europe.
CEE NETWORK CONFERENCE ON SC TO COORDINATE WITH ECO
18 January 2007: From 28 February to 3 March, in Prague, Czech Republic, the Central and Eastern European Network on Sustainable Consumption (CEE Net) will hold its "2007 Reunion" conference on sustainable consumption. Recognizing their meeting overlaps with ECO Forum's International ECO Strategy Meeting (28 February - 3 March), organizers are currently discussing ways to build strategic bridges between the two NGO gatherings, with ideas and recommendations from both networks feeding into a common NGO strategy promoting SPAC -- especially on the ECE Environment for Europe process.
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION OF BIODIVERSITY
2-3 December 2006: At the recent ECO-Forum Coordinating Board meeting, discussion focused on the theme of the Belgrade NGO Forum to be held just before the 3-day Environment for Europe meeting. Agreeing that biodiversity depends on sustainable production and consumption patterns, the Board decided to do a joint thematic session on biodiversity and SPAC. This will be further discussed at ECO-Forum's upcoming International ECO Strategy Meeting for Belgrade, being held 28 February - 3 March 2007. Deadline for application is January 17, so please register (especially SPAC Issue Group members!)
UNEP INVITES COMMENTS ON SCP PAPER FOR BELGRADE
20 December 2006: We have received and been asked to comment on the draft Category I paper, " On Sustainable Consumption and Production ," [MS word] prepared for this year's 'Environment for Europe' Belgrade Conference. Please send your comments to Rie Tsutsumi, UNEP Regional Office for Europe, firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th January 2007 at latest. The revised draft paper will be submitted to the forthcoming Executive Committee and the Working Group of Senior Officials meetings.
WGSO DISCUSS SPAC
November 2006: The latest issue of the European ECO-Forum Newsletter reports details on the discussion about consumption and production which took place during the third meeting of the UNECE Working Group of Senior Officials (WGSO) in Geneva last October. Sweden and UNEP are playing a leading role, promoting regional actions linked to the Marrakech Process. A Caategory 1 document on SCP is now being prepared, which should be ready by mid-January 2007.
MAKING SPAC AN OVERARCHING OBJECTIVE FOR EUROPE
12-13 October 2006: At the third meeting of the Working Group of Senior Officials (WGSO) in Geneva, ECO Forum presented our NGO statement on sustainable production and consumption, with its proposals for this issue at the 2007 Belgrade conference. The statement is now available on the official UNECE website, as well as on our site here and at ANPED. The statement calls for a Pan-European Framework on Sustainable Production and Consumption, linking the regiononal process to the global 10-Year Framework called for at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
In December, members of ECO Forum's Coordinating Board will discuss follow-up to this and other matters for NGO strategy and preparations for Belgrade.
ECO FORUM AND ANPED COLLABORATE ON BELGRADE STATEMENT
6-10 September 2006: Members of ECO-Forum and ANPED's SPAC Working Group worked together (at the latter's Annual General Meeting) to discuss and develop a draft NGO position statement on SPAC, aiming at the upcoming October meeting of the ECE Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP) in Geneva. The CEP will discuss the agenda for the 2007 Environment for Europe meeting in Belgrade, and production and consumption is finally on the agenda. NGOs plan to present their views on moving this forward. The draft NGO statement will be available for comment and further input next week.
ECE OFFICIALS UNDERLIE IMPORTANCE OF SPAC
29-30 June 2006: At their second meeting, members of the ECE Ad Hoc Preparatory Working Group of Senior Officials discussed SPAC as one of the elements in the "Possible Framework for the Agenda of the Belgrade Conference" for the next Environment for Europe session. Citing the Marrakech Process, the regional SCP meeting in Ostend, and UNEP's proposal to map SPAC in EECCA and SEE countries, the report raised the question of "discussion of the possible development of SCP programmes for the pan-European region." This begs the question: What will NGOs now do to shape this discussion?
PUTTING SPAC AT THE HEART OF THE EfE PROCESS
October 2005: ECO-Forum has re-issued its SPAC proposal for the Environment for Europe process, this time focusing on the meeting taking place in Belgrade in 2007. The proposal again calls for sustainable production and consumption (SPAC) to be placed at the heart of the process, specifically calling for a pan- European regional process to phase out unsustainable consumption and production patterns.
2ND INT'L EXPERT MEETING ON SCP
5-8 September 2005: The 2nd International Expert meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production, part of the Marrakech process, was held in Costa Rica on September 5 - 8 2005. A small number of NGOs attended the meeting. Some highlights include the setting up of several taskforces to aid implementation, and the inclusion of global development assistance agencies as stakeholders in the process to help in obtaining funding for SCP projects.
ISF's Costa Rica report
IISD's reports from the meeting
UNEP/ DESA webpage on the Marrakech Process
EUROPEAN SCP MEETING - REPORT & DOCS
December 2004: The report of the European Stakeholder meeting on sustainable consumption and production is available here. Other information about the meeting‚ including background documents is available here.
NGO STATEMENT TO SCP MEETING
November 2004: Eco-Forum, along with ANPED and the European Environmental Bureau collaborated to draft a position paper that was circulated during the European Stakeholder Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production. The statement is available here.
EUROPEAN SCP MEETING
November 2004: The European Stakeholder Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production is being held in Ostend, Belgium on November 24-26.
ERSCP - CONCLUSIONS
July 2004: The conclusions of the 9th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP 2004) are now available at the conference website .
EU STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION
March 2004: Sustainable consumption and production and the development of the 10 year framework are some of the key priorities of the European Union in the follow up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Therefore, the EU has developed "Sustainable consumption and production: An inventory of relevant policies, activities and instruments at the European Community level" to provide an overall view of overall view of the EU's current activities and best practices on the issue. On March 22nd 2003, the EU will be conducting a stakeholder consultation on the inventory.
SPAC IN THE ENVIRONMENT FOR EUROPE MEETINGS
The Kyiv Ministerial Declaration encourages "national efforts to promote sustainable production and consumption as well as corporate environmental and social responsibility and accountability" (Para. 27) Para. 28 of the Declaration focuses on the 10-year framework of programmes in support of sustainable production and consumption and lists out program elements that must be considered in the same. It also calls for adoption of public procurement policies at all levels. Para. 29 encourages improvements in corporate practices. The declaration also deals with public participation (Section F), transboundary air pollution (Section G), energy (Section I), water (Section J), transport (Section K) and chemicals (Section L) among other issues. For more details, see the ICSPAC home page
SPAC MEETING IN MARRAKECH CONCLUDES
The “International Expert Meeting on the 10 year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Production and Consumption” was held in Marrakech, Morocco between June 16th–19th 2003. This meeting was organized by UN DESA and UNEP to support the wor of the UN CSD's long term programme. More information can be found on the ICSPAC homepage or in ISF's summary report of the meeting.
The SPAC Issue Group organized two events, a workshop and strategy meeting, at the ECO-Forum International Conference. The SPAC Report from Kyiv covers these events and also discussed the Groups' plans for establishing a solid framework for future advocacy, education and organizing efforts promoting sustainable production and consumption priorities.
SPAC WORKSHOP DURING ECO-FORUM INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE IN KYIV
A SPAC workshop was held at the ECO-Forum International Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 22, 2003. The report on this workshop, "Towards Sustainable Production and Consumption in the ECE Region," can be found on the ICSPAC website. The presentation slides from this workshop are also online.