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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds SDG 12.1 talks about implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns. It’s a little bit of a mouthful, so we call it the 10YFP. Now, the 10YFP really originates from the original Rio [de Janeiro] conference in 1992, where it was stated that the major cause of the continued deterioration of the global environment are the unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. So even 20 years ago, people realised that we were consuming at a rate far greater than the Earth could handle. The 10YFP is a global framework for action on SCP, and it’s there to basically enhance international cooperation and create the shift towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns. Currently there are six programmes.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds We have the one on sustainable public procurement; we have the one on consumer information; we have the one on sustainable tourism; we have the fourth one on sustainable buildings and construction; the fifth one, which is on sustainable lifestyles and education; and coming in at number six is the sustainable food systems programme of the 10YFP. This is a programme that FAO [Food and Agriculture Organisation] and UNEP have been working very hard on the last three or four years to really start to build the momentum to create a programme– an international programme– that specifically looks at sustainable food systems. So let me give you a quick rundown of what this sustainable food systems programme is.

Skip to 2 minutes and 5 seconds So the vision of the sustainable food systems programme is that all food systems are sustainable, delivering food security and nutrition for present and future generations. Its goal, of course, is to accelerate this shift towards more sustainable food systems. And there are four work areas, the first one of which is raising awareness of the need to shift to more sustainable food systems and to apply a holistic systems approach. The second one is enabling conditions. What are the frameworks needed at the national and sub-national level to accelerate this shift and create the environment for this shift to actually take place? Third, once we have the enabling conditions, what are the tools and methodologies that are available to actually make this shift happen?

Skip to 3 minutes and 0 seconds So this could be sustainable agriculture. This could be lifecycle tools for measuring and assessing environmental sustainability of food systems. This could be food loss and waste. This could be, OK, fine so we understand that dietary patterns have to shift– so how do we do that? How do we actually do that? Is it that we need international guidelines on sustainable diets? How do we get the system and the stakeholders within the system to actually make a shift in their practises? And fourthly, strengthening collaboration. Two-thirds of the world’s hungry reside in Asia and the Pacific. And rising food prices are bringing the spectre of food shortages and under-nutrition to millions more of the region’s poor.

Skip to 3 minutes and 54 seconds So both rural and urban poor in this region spend more than half of their income on food. And it is estimated that close to 50% of the population of the region will be living in urban areas by 2026. So there is a real issue. And coupled with that, we have a situation where there is stark environmental degradation from rice production, et cetera, looking at eutrophication from rice systems causing dead zones in waterways– algal blooms. We’re looking at a nutrition transition where people are moving from their traditional diets away to more Western diets, which are having implications on the environment, on more intensive production, and, of course, on health and nutrition, too.

Skip to 4 minutes and 57 seconds So this [10YFP] is an opportunity for countries to come together within a programme with a global mandate to really start to share ideas, look at the specific issues that are facing the region, applying it to their own countries, and then really learning from other countries involved in the programme, understanding what works and what doesn’t work, and seeing how it really fits into the context of specific countries in Southeast Asia.

SDG 12.1: 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP)

As we have heard in our introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG 12 is to ”ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.” In this video, James Lomax, of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, discusses SDG Target 12.1 which involves the implementation of a 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production.

The target calls on all countries to take action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries. James explains the six programmes of the 10YFP, focusing on the programme on sustainable food systems. He also discusses the opportunity that the 10YFP presents for developed and developing countries worldwide to collaborate on actions to achieve sustainable consumption and production by 2030.

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