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Newsletter Issue 1: May 2016

Contents

Welcome to our Newsletter!

We are pleased to present this first newsletter of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme for Sustainable Consumption & Production (CI-SCP), keeping you up to date on the Programme's activities, and those of our partners.
The quarterly newsletter will include project updates, reports, opportunities for your involvement in working groups & events, and other announcements related to the Programme's aim to support the provision of quality, reliable information to consumers on the sustainability of goods and services. 


Co-leads of the 10YFP CI-SCP

10YFP Trust Fund Projects Launched

The Trust Fund supports governments & not-for-profits in developing countries & economies in transition with projects linked to 10YFP Programmes. Calls for project proposals will be announced in this newsletter & other 10YFP channels.
Three projects were selected after 2015's call for proposals under the CI-SCP:
  • Chile: Smartphone App for Sustainable Consumption
    Led by SERNAC & Fundacion Chile, to develop an app & web platform to enhance information on the sustainability of fast-moving consumer goods.
  • China: Research Program - Consumer Awareness & Behaviour Change
    Led by The China Chain Store & Franchise Association, to analyse & promote opportunities for business, policy makers & consumers to promote sustainable consumption, including through retailer guidelines & public campaigns.
  • Sri Lanka: Promoting SCP concepts through consumer information
    Led by Sri Lanka's National Cleaner Production Centre, to use life cycle assessment to develop public awareness campaigns & product certification in the agri-food sector. 
Implementation will run from 2016-18.

Save the Date: Hotspots Analysis Workshop, Paris, 16-17 June

Work has started on the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative ‘Hotspots Analysis and Sustainability Information - Phase 2’ project, with the objective of developing a flexible methodological framework for product & sector level hotspots analysis. This contributes to the CI-SCP's work plan & will support 10YFP stakeholders in their prioritisation efforts to accelerate the shift towards SCP.
 
Two rapid prototyping workshops will be held at UNEP's offices in Paris, 16-17 June, to develop the common methodological framework and best practice guidelines. Please register your interest or contact Giorgio Bagordo to find out more.

Working Groups - Get Involved!

Would you like to develop projects & activities with other experts through the CI-SCP? Our working groups help you collaborate, scale up or replicate your work on these topics:

Guidelines for reliable sustainability information for consumers
Developing international Guidelines which enable & encourage information providers to enhance the reliability, credibility & accessibility of their goods' & services' sustainability information. Global consultation on the draft Guidelines upcoming.
Leads: UNEP / ITC


Ecolabels (Type I)
Supporting knowledge sharing and collaboration among existing and planned Ecolabelling Type I programs for guidance and, where applicable, mutual recognition.
Leads: GEN / Advance SCP project, GIZ Thailand

Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) implementation through the use of ecolabels & sustainability standards
A joint working group with the 10YFP SPP, to increase dialogue between organizations working on these topics.
Lead: ISEAL Alliance / UNEP

Social impact communication 
Developing a white paper on Business to Consumers (B2C) communication of the social impact of products. Contact us if you are interested to lead this work together with UNEP.

Participation is open to allContact us or click here for more information on these and future working groups.

Meet the 'MAC'!

The CI-SCP’s Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) held its second annual meeting in February, hosted by UK Government MAC member Defra. The MAC adopted the Programme’s 2016/17 work plan. The meeting was preceded by a workshop of the CI-SCP's working group on Guidelines for reliable sustainability information. Read more.

News from some of our MAC members and co-leads:

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

On 24 February, the German government adopted a national programme for sustainable consumption, an important step in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The programme aims to turn sustainable consumption from a niche into a mainstream concept in Germany & increase consumer awareness of consumption patterns, while ensuring that all groups of the population have access to sustainable consumption. 

Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN)
Brazilian & Swedish GEN members presented the value of ecolabelling to consumer groups & other delegates at a CI World Congress side event in November, in Brasilia. Read more in the biannual GENnews & join our working group on Type 1 ecolabels, co-led by GEN.

International POP Elimination Network (IPEN)
At a December IPEN/UNEP workshop in Addis Ababa, stakeholders from 15 African countries agreed to cooperate to phase out the use of lead in paint by 2020. Read the press release.

International Product Sustainability Network (INPSI)
A recent WRAP report, Food Futures: from business as usual to business unusual (plus short animated film & references document), looks at the major trends, challenges & opportunities for our food system's future. Join the conversation on Twitter #DoBusinessUnusual & contact Jamie at WRAP (WRAP is a UK environmental charity & founding member of INPSI). 

ISEAL Alliance
Joshua Wickerham (Qiao Shuhua, right) presented ISEAL's work & the CI-SCP at the 2016 Green Supply Chain Seminar in Yangzhou in April, organised by WWF, The China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA) and UNEP.
High-level participants from Chinese & international retailers & governments also saw the launch of the China Retail Responsible Sourcing Initiative; and the CCFA's Research Program on Consumer Awareness & Behaviour Change, supported by the 10YFP Trust Fund under the CI-SCP. 

What is the 10YFP?

The 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption & production (10YFP) is a global platform for action & capacity building. Its implementation is an SDG target.
The Consumer Information Programme is one of six 10YFP programmes.

Join the CI-SCP community

Become a 10YFP CI-SCP Partner to share, scale up & replicate your work; get involved in projects & working groups; and feature in this newsletter. 

Contact us at CISCP@unep.org for more information.
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