10YFP Board and SCP Partners Meeting

Highlights and images for 24 February 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

Group photo

Board members and panelists of the Board and SCP Partner breakfast session

“We are running out of time to tackle the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, and sustainable consumption and productivity touches everything we do because as a planet we are living beyond our means.” With these words, Elizabeth Mrema, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), welcomed the Board members of the 10-Year Framework Programme (10YFP) to UNEP’s Headquarters where they started a series of meetings with a meeting of the Board Members. Jorge Laguna-Celis, Head of the 10YFP Secretariat, updated Members on priority activities included in the Framework and Budget for 2023-2024. He highlighted the launch of the Building Circularity into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – A Practical Toolbox, a user guide and digital toolbox to support countries to assess, prioritize, implement and track circular economy interventions for increased ambition and implementation of their NDCs. This was followed by a lengthy discussion about the venue and appropriate timing of the first Global Dialogue on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), where agreement was reached to host a brief virtual session in March to finalize the details.

Giovanna Valverde, Costa Rica, Jorge Laguna-Celis, Head of the 10YFP Secretariat, UNEP, and Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, UNEP Director of Industry and Economy Division

(L-R) Giovanna Valverde, Co-Chair of the 10YFP Board; Jorge Laguna-Celis, Head of the 10YFP Secretariat; and Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, UNEP Director of Industry and Economy Division

Thematic Session I: Towards a Global Dialogue on Sustainable Consumption and Production

During the first thematic session, panelists unpacked the steps towards the Global Dialogue on SCP, and highlighted the importance of:

  • hosting the Global Dialogue and keeping in mind achievement of the 2030 targets;
  • youth’s role since they will better frame SCP by making circularity more relevant to communities that are most affected by the triple planetary crises;
  • sharing the experiences of countries, such as Senegal and Nigeria, who have learned many lessons around introducing the concept of a circular economy in some of their industries; and
  • having wider stakeholder engagements since many solutions exist, including solid waste management and how local women practice circularity in agriculture.
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, and Giovanna Valverde, Co-Chair of the 10YFP Board, and Ambassador of Costa Rica in Kenya and Permanent Representative to UN agencies, UNEP and UN-Habitat

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, and Giovanna Valverde, Co-Chair of the 10YFP Board

Thematic Session II: Leveraging Digital Standards and Tools for Sustainable Consumption and Production

In this session, organized in partnership with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and moderated by Adriana Zacarias Farah, Head of Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO4SDGs) and Deputy Head, One Planet Network, UNEP. The importance of developing standards for digitization was discussed by panelists.

In an opening address, UNEP’s Chief Digital Officer, Sally Golestan emphasized the need for ensuring quality of data, interoperability, data governance, and affordability and access to data. In a virtual keynote presentation, Ken Webster, Founder, Society for the Circular Economy, cautioned about the financial conditions to accelerate the transition to circular economies, noting that finance is oriented to use short-term data, focused on assets, and done through blended finance. He said that governments tend to de-risk the investments of companies.

10YFP SCP panelist

Adriana Zacarias Farah, Head of GO4SDGs and Deputy Head One Planet Network, UNEP; and Reyna Ubeda, Engineer to ITU-T SG5, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Thematic Session III: Business Commitments to Implement Sustainable Consumption and Production and Circular Economy and Measure Progress through a Global Circularity Protocol for Business

In the afternoon, a session was held in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), with Inês dos Santos Costa, Sustainability and Climate, Circularity Leader for Public Sector, Deloitte Central Europe, moderating the event.

Panelists shared experiences from their respective positions, including:

  • the need for commitment to standards as part of the Protocol;
  • resourcing the Protocol appropriately;
  • renewing existing legal frameworks or developing new ones;
  • developing new business models; and
  • finding ways to develop financial mechanisms for the informal economic sector and small and medium enterprises.
10YFP SCP panel

(L-R): Inês dos Santos Costa, Sustainability and Climate, Circularity Leader for Public Sector, Deloitte Central Europe; Robert Metzke, Senior Vice President & Global Head Sustainability Royal Phillips; and Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of the International, Resource Panel

Thematic session IV: Accelerating Actions Towards the Implementation of Food Systems Transformation Targets

This session was organized with the One Planet Network’s Sustainable Food Systems Programme, World Wide Fund for Nature, and UNIDO, and moderated by Adam Gerstenmier, Executive Director, Food Action Alliance, who reminded participants how the conversation around food systems has grown over the past decade. Certain sectors were highlighted, such as the sugarcane industry in Cuba and Brazil and the importance of scaling up circularity in these sectors. Other examples included small-scale farming by women in Kenya and experiences in Canada, where agricultural practices were increasingly reducing waste, tilling and toxic chemicals.

10YFP SCP panel speakers

Robynne Anderson, President, Emerging Ag Inc, and Monica Yator, Founder, Indigenous Women and Girls Initiative, described their experiences in transitioning agricultural practices towards circularity.

Thematic Session V: Promoting Scientific and Data-Driven Approaches to Promote SCP: Closing the SDG Data Gap and Accelerating the Implementation of the Circular Economy

During the final session of the day, panelists described examples of how countries are using big data and disaggregated data to close the SDG data gap and to support their transition towards circular economies. They agreed on the advantages of harnessing the power of big data, especially to assess SDG progress in countries. Other interventions focused on the role of data in quantifying resources and resource extraction, monitoring waste and pollution levels, optimizing agricultural practices, urban planning in city design for energy efficiency, and identifying the ideal locations for solar and wind energy production.

10YFP SCP panel speakers

Jian Liu, Director of Early Warning and Assessment Division, UNEP, and Shannon Eileen Lisa, Chemicals and Waste Youth Platform, Major Group for Children and Youth

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