Wednesday 18 | On Wednesday morning and afternoon, 18 June, participants continued discussion in the four parallel working groups, addressing sustainable consumption and production as it relates to: urban management and transportation; general policy instruments and analytical tools; tools for changing consumer behavior; and tools for changing production patterns.
Working Group II on general policy instruments and analytical tools for sustainable consumption and production highlighted the importance of, inter alia: a combination of different instruments to achieve sustainable consumption and production; social and economic institutions at the domestic level; combining sustainable consumption and production strategy with national government’s priorities and needs; capacity building and financial resources.
Working Group III on
tools for changing consumer behavior pointed out some important elements
to promote sustainable consumption patterns, such as: information tools;
eco-labeling; formal and informal education; media and TV programmes; UN
Guidelines for Consumption; successful experiences on designing
eco-labeling; existing standards; stakeholder participation; institutional
capacity; the needs and priorities of developing countries, especially
capacity building; and WTO considerations relating to eco-labeling and
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