CC by Jayel Aheram
Driving change in the regions
The pages below are spaces for actors in the various regions around the world to highlight their activities, events, resources, tools and anything else involved in the shift towards a more sustainable, resource efficient planet. Members of the Clearinghouse are encouraged to be in touch if they would like some of their initiatives to be featured here.
Africa has shown leadership in the recognition of the need for and political commitment to the shift to SCP patterns, stemming from a long history of institutional support. Calls for country level action and further mobilization are on the rise.
The Asia and the Pacific region is one of the most active regions taking action on SCP, pioneering the implementation of initiatives and projects to promote SCP, at regional but also sub-regional level, such as the Asia-Pacific Roundtable for SCP (APRSCP)
Central Asia's rapid economic, technological and social development offer a timely opportunity to establish more resource- and energy-efficient consumption and production patterns.
Many East European countries have indeed developed (and in some cases formally approved) strategic, macro-economic political programmes towards a circular, green economy.
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region has shown a great deal of leadership in the implementation of National SCP Policies across several countries, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico, to list a few. Likewise, the region has been proactive in the organization of a number of national multi-stakeholder dialogues and roundtables on SCP.
The Arab Region developed in 2009 its Regional Strategy on SCP, which was approved by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment.
The North American region, which is defined here as the United States of America and Canada, represents nearly 20 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). Many opportunities exist to transition to more sustainable consumption and production patterns and a range of efforts have been undertaken in the region.