The transition to a green economy is a global task. Developing and newly industrialised countries assume an important role here – however, they sometimes lack the necessary resources, knowledge and capacities. For this reason, the UN Member States adopted the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP on SCP) at the Rio+20 summit in June 2012. The secretariat of the 10YFP is operated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The 10YFP is intended to help developing countries with the transition to a sustainable economy. It shall improve resource efficiency and decouple economic growth from environmental pollution. It shall develop the corresponding capacities in the individual countries and promote the exchange of information. It provides technical and financial support. UNEP created a special platform for this purpose in 2013, the Global SCP Clearinghouse (SCP stands for Sustainable Consumption and Production). The aim of the Global SCP Clearinghouse is to bring all of the forces with an interest in SCP together and to facilitate the collection and exchange information about initiatives, instruments and successful ventures.
Switzerland was already actively involved in the predecessor of the 10YFP, the Marrakech Process. This was initiated in 2003 and was also intended to support regional and national initiatives aimed at establishing sustainable consumption and production. Switzerland led the working group on sustainable public procurement. Public procurement now accounts for between ten and 25 percent of national economic output and offers considerable potential for influencing ecological and social standards and technologies within national economies. Switzerland and UNEP developed a methodology in this context which aims to enable all countries to introduce or develop sustainable public procurement and implement them jointly with the support of the EU and the International Organisation of La Francophonie in seven pilot countries.
Switzerland continues to fulfil this active role in the Ten-Year Framework Programme. It is represented on the Board of the 10YFP.