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Sustainable Consumption & Production Patterns (SCP)
(& the Marrakech Process)

One of the main activities of the Division for Sustainable Development has been supporting the elaboration of a 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, as called for by the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.


  • to assist countries in their efforts to green their economies
  • to help corporations develop greener business models
  • to encourage consumers to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

To reach these goals, the Division

  1. analyses current trends, policy options and practical measures that foster the transition to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption by governments, business and consumers
  2. organizes multi-stakeholder international meetings to share best practices and promote partnerships
  3. supports capacity building efforts for the application of policy toolkits on sustainable consumption and production