SCP in North America
Many opportunities exist in the North America region, defined here as the United States of America and Canada, to transition to more sustainable consumption and production patterns.
The region represents nearly 20 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), and a range of efforts have been undertaken in the region, such as voluntary labeling programs, regulatory policies, and consumer information campaigns. Furthermore, a growing movement of civil society organizations (CSOs), including public-interest organizations, academic researchers, and community groups, are working to advance sustainability at the local, regional, national, and global levels, and the private sector is also increasingly taking up the sustainability challenge.
Regional cooperation platforms
Bringing together interests of such a geographically and politically diverse region has been an important challenge in North America.
Since 1994, Canada, Mexico and the United States have collaborated in protecting North America's environment through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The NAAEC established an intergovernmental organization - the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) - to support cooperation among the NAFTA partners to address environmental issues of continental concern, including sustainable production and consumption. For further information, see http://www.cec.org/ and the Strategic Plan of the CEC.
Past meetings and webinars
- Reducing Food Loss & Waste: Insights Across the Atlantic, World Resources Institute, 13 October 2016. For further information, see http://www.wri.org/events/2016/10/reducing-food-loss-waste-insights-across-atlantic.
- UNEP’s GEO-6 North American Report: Informing the 2030 Agenda, Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., 21 July 2016. For further information, see https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/uneps-geo-6-north-american-report-informing-the-2030-development-agenda.
- Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2016 Summit, Washington, D.C., 24-26 May 2016. For further information, see https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/summit16/multimedia/.
- The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Pathways Post-Paris, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 27 January 2016. For further information, see https://www.law.gwu.edu/united-nations-2030-agenda-sustainable-development-and-pathways-post-paris.
- Food Recovery Summit, Charleston, South Carolina, November 2015, https://www.serdc.org/Program.
- Strategic Opportunities for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in North America, Washington, D.C, 5 December 2013, organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NASPAC) in collaboration with UNEP’s Regional Office for North America.
- Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in North America, Washington, D.C, 11 December 2012, organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NASPAC) in collaboration with UNEP’s Regional Office for North America.
- North American Sustainable Consumption and Production Workshop on Green Building, Ottawa, Ontario January 31-February 1, 2011.
- North American Workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), Washington, D.C., November 2008.
To have a more complete look at the different activities happening around the region, check out the
Global database of SCP Initiatives