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International Cooperation

10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production

Logo of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production

One of the important programmatic outcomes from the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012 was the adoption of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) — commonly referred to at the 10YFP. 

The 10YFP was initiated to promote resource efficiency and sustainability, and has done this through facilitating knowledge exchange on specific topics, funding related projects, and connecting a diverse group of global stakeholders which includes governments, businesses, NGOs, and technical experts. 

The six program areas are:
SCP is also a component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Exit with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Exit adopted by the 193 UN member countries.  SCP has it is own Goal (Goal 12), but is also reflected in a number of other Targets identified in other SDGs. SDG Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production was one of a few Goals to be reviewed in depth during the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2018. Exit
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Exit serves as the 10YFP Secretariat.

EPA's Role in the 10YFP

EPA serves as the U.S. National Focal Point for the 10YFP. EPA coordinates an interagency group to provide a  “whole of government” perspective on the relevant 10YFP programs, and to leverage cross-cutting expertise from different departments and agencies.  

EPA is currently focused on four key areas in support of the 10YFP:

  • Inputs to the Global SCP Clearinghouse. Exit The Clearinghouse is the key information exchange and global networking platform supporting the 10YFP.
  • The 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement ProgrammeExit EPA was a founding member of this UNEP-led initiative launched at Rio+20, and formerly served on the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee. EPA remains engaged with several of the program's Working Groups.
  • Collaboration on Development of a Global Network of Interoperable Life-Cycle Assessment Databases.  Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a touchstone feature of the 10YFP. This project was advanced under the International Forum on LCA Cooperation and is part of the 10YFP Consumer Information ProgrammeExit
  • Cooperation on Reducing Wasted Food. EPA works with the UNEP Regional Office for North AmericaExit to promote recovery of wasted food (e.g. for donation to food banks) and food waste recycling (e.g. for industrial applications, anaerobic digestion and composting) to divert it from landfill disposal and  reduce methane emissions.  The project considers regional and international best practices, and supports objectives of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems ProgrammeExit

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For additional information on EPA's work with International Organizations, contact:
Hodayah Finman
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-6600