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International Expert Meeting on a 10-Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Marrakesh, Morocco | 16-19 June 2003


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Over 100 participants from 70 countries are expected to gather in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 16-19 June 2003 to take the “first steps” to develop a 10-year framework of programmes for sustainable consumption and production. The decision to develop such a framework was endorsed during the World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg in 2002. In the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation – which was a key outcome of the Summit – governments endorsed the need for a “10-year framework of programmes in support of regional and national initiatives to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production.”


The International Expert Meeting taking place in Marrakesh is intended to advance the development of the 10-year framework. Outcomes from the meeting will be submitted to the Commission on Sustainable Development for its consideration, and are expected to feed into its post-Johannesburg programme of work. This Expert Meeting is also likely to contribute to work by other international, regional and national organizations concerned with sustainable consumption and production. The event is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in co-operation with UNEP.


Two regional meetings for Latin America and the Caribbean and for the Asia-Pacific region have taken place prior to the International Expert Meeting. Other regional meetings are also planned.

Links to further information

More information on this meeting is available from the UN Division for Sustainable Development: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev 
Further background information on consumption and production patterns is available at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/consumption/conprod.htm
Information on the recent regional meetings is available from UNEP�s Technology, Industry and Economics Division�s website: http://www.uneptie.org/sustain
Chapter Three of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, which addresses unsustainable patterns of consumption and production and was the catalyst for this Expert Meeting, can be viewed online at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/WSSD_POI_PD/English/POIChapter3.htm
Agenda 21, Chapter Four � Changing Consumption Patterns is online at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/agenda21/english/agenda21chapter4.htm The Earth Negotiations Bulletin reports on international negotiations addressing consumption and production, from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 through to the Johannesburg Summit in 2002 and the most recent session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, can be found at: http://enb.iisd.org/process/sustdevt.htm

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