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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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Monday 16 | The International Expert Meeting on a 10-Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production opened on Monday, 16 June, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The meeting was organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) in co-operation with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and responds to a call in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation for the development of a ten-year framework of programmes in support of regional and national initiatives to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns. Plenary sessions on Monday morning included opening presentations that outlined the meeting’s objectives and identified sustainable consumption and production as crucial to sustaining economic growth, improving living standards and using resources efficiently. The reports of the regional expert meetings on sustainable consumption and production for the Latin America and Caribbean Region held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 23-25 April 2003 and for the Asia-Pacific Region, held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 21-23 May 2003 were presented. In the afternoon, participants listened to a keynote presentation on public purchase power as a tool for changing production patterns, and reviewed a Discussion Paper prepared for the meeting by the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development on the “International Expert Meeting on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production: Chapter III of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation”. The plenary closed by reviewing the programme of work to be taken over the next three days.

Mohammed Elmorabit, Morocco’s Secretary of State of the Environment, opened the meeting by welcoming participants to Morocco and highlighting sustainable consumption and production as a key topic within the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
Participants listen Ralph Chipman, UN/DESA, presenting the meeting’s Discussion Paper.

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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