Thursday 19 | On Thursday morning, 19 June, the co-chairs of the four working groups reported to plenary on the discussions carried out during the four parallel sessions held in the mornings and afternoons of Tuesday and Wednesday, 17 and 18 June. Participants had the opportunity to comment on the reports of each working group and highlighted issues for incorporation into the final report of the meeting. The discussions included the importance of: income generating opportunities from waste recycling for poor communities; integrating consumption aspects into the activities of cleaner production centers; recognizing stakeholder participation as one of the elements of sustainable development; elaborating sustainable consumption and production policies that can also assist poverty reduction; and replicating successful experiences while taking into account countries’ specific needs, priorities and capabilities.
Co-chair Bohn presented the draft summary of the meeting and highlighted the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production as the basic step towards the development of a 10-Year Framework of Programmes. She made a number of recommendations for future work in the 10-Year Framework of Programmes, including: UN DESA and UNEP should expand the survey on sustainable consumption and production patterns and make it available to all countries; best practice should be disseminated via interactive websites and expert meetings on specific issues relating to sustainable consumption and production; concrete partnerships should be established involving stakeholder participation; UN DESA should, together with UN HABITAT and UNEP, prepare a report based on the working groups’ discussion with respect to priorities for sustainable consumption and production; the working groups’ suggestions should be incorporated into government policies at national level; and regional cooperation should be strengthened through the organization of workshops to identify countries’ priorities and actions relating to sustainable consumption and production.
She explained that the
report of this meeting will be submitted to the UN by the host country and
that the meeting’s findings may be taken into account during the CSD-12.
Co-chair Bohn expressed her appreciation to the Kingdom of Morocco for
hosting the meeting, thanked all participants, especially the co-chairs of
the working groups and UN DESA and UNEP staff for their efforts, and
closed the meeting at 4:50 pm.
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