Review of SDGs implementation: SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 12 guides the formulation and implementation of policies, mechanisms and partnerships to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (SCP), recognizing that SCP is not only an objective in its own right, but also a critical element of strategies to achieve the entire 2030 Agenda in an integrated manner. This session will consider progress in achieving SDG 12, identify challenges at the global, regional and national levels, and recommend solutions in an integrated manner, through the exchange of lessons learned and best practices.

Proposed guiding questions:

  • What actions and practices have proven to be the most successful in ensuring SCP at the global, regional and national levels?
  • How can effective partnerships be promoted to engage key stakeholders, such as corporations and consumers?
  • How can actions aimed at meeting SDG 12 be taken, with a view to maximizing co-benefits and minimizing negative trade-offs in relation to other SDGs, in particular those reviewed in depth at this meeting of the HLPF?
  • Who are the furthest behind and who is at risk of being left behind for this SDG?

Chair:

  • H. E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, Vice-President of ECOSOC

Presentations:

  • Mr. Shaswat Sapkota, Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section, Statistics Division of UN DESA

Keynote speaker:

  • Mr. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Moderator:

  • Mr. Elliot Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, UN DESA

Panellists:

  • Ms. Nur H. Rahayu, Director of Forestry and Conservation of Water Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
  • Ms. Petra Bayr, Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee in the parliament of Austria
  • Ms. Jane Nyakang’o, President of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Mr. Ulf Jaeckel, Head of Division, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany and 10YFP Board Member

Lead discussants:

  • Ms. Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth
  • Mr. Julius H. Cainglet, Vice President for Research, Advocacy and Partnerships of the Federation of Free Workers (Workers and Trade Unions Major Group)

Followed by interactive discussion

Biographies
Ms. Petra Bayr
Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee in the parliament of Austria
Ms. Petra Bayr

Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee in the parliament of Austria

An Austrian politician and member of the Austrian National Council, Petra Bayr has served as the Vice-President of the European Parliamentarian Forum on Population and Development, a Board member of Parliamentarians for Global Action, and a Member of the Governing Council of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa.

Mr. Elliot Harris
Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, UN DESA
Mr. Elliot Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, UN DESA

Mr. Elliott Harris is the Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, UN-DESA, and has over 25 years of international experience in the fields of international economics and development policy analysis, coupled with knowledge of the United Nations system, multilateral and inter–agency coordination processes. He has extensive experience in the design of macroeconomic policies and its application as a central instrument for the reduction of poverty and for resilient and sustained economic development. His work in the field of economics also focuses on the macroeconomic linkages with global social and environmental policies. Mr. Harris served as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He joined UNEP’s Senior Management Team in 2013 as Director of the New York Office and Secretary to the Environment Management Group. Prior to joining UNEP, Mr. Harris began his career in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1988, where he worked in the African Department and the Fiscal Affairs Department. In 2002 he became an Adviser in the Policy Development and Review Department, and was appointed in 2008 as Special Representative to the United Nations, in addition to serving as Assistant Director of the Strategy and Policy Review Department. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in German and political science and an advanced degree in economics. He was awarded an Advanced Studies Certificate in international economics and policy research from the Institute of World Economics in Kiel, Germany.

Mr. Julius H. Cainglet
Vice President for Research, Advocacy and Partnerships of the Federation of Free Workers (Workers and Trade Unions Major Group)
Mr. Julius H. Cainglet

Vice President for Research, Advocacy and Partnerships of the Federation of Free Workers (Workers and Trade Unions Major Group)

Julius Cainglet is the Vice President for Research, Advocacy and Partnerships of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), a national trade union based in the Philippines, affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). He is with the ITUC Trade Union Development Cooperation Network and a member of the steering committee of its Asia Pacific Network. It promotes development cooperation, aid effectiveness and the SDGs. Julius acts as spokesperson, prepares statements, prepares media releases, publishes newsletters; organizes events; and networks with other trade unions, other CSOs, social partners and international organizations.
Julius is focal for workers and trade unions at the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM). He is Chairperson of the Knowledge Management and Advocacy Sub-committee of the National Child Labor Committee, tasked to help eliminate child labor in the Philippines by 2025. He is former chair of the Philippine Campaign to promote decent work for domestic workers technical working group (Domestic Work TWG). Julius is also a member of the Tripartite Industrial Peace Executive Committee, which acts as clearinghouse of Philippine labor and employment laws, policies and programs including monitoring of violations of ILO core labor standards. A labor educator and international resource person, Julius also sings.

Mr. Peter Thomson
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Mr. Peter Thomson

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Peter Thomson of Fiji was appointed UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean in October 2017. Mr. Thomson was the president of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Previously, Mr Thomson served as Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York since 2010. For the duration of 2013, he chaired the United Nations’ largest negotiating bloc, the Group of 77 and China. In 2014, he served as president of the executive board of the UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support.
Between 1972 and 1987, Mr Thomson was a civil servant in the government of Fiji working in the fields of rural development and foreign affairs. In 1978, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva. His postings included Japan, Australia and Fiji. In Fiji he served as permanent secretary of information and permanent secretary to the governor-general before resigning from the civil service in 1987. Mr Thomson resumed diplomatic duties in 2010.

Mr. Ulf Jaeckel
Head of Division, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany and 10YFP Board Member
Mr. Ulf Jaeckel

Head of Division, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany and 10YFP Board Member

Ms. Amy Luers
Executive Director, Future Earth
Ms. Amy Luers

Executive Director, Future Earth

Amy Luers joined Future Earth as Executive Director in September 2017. Before joining Future Earth in Montreal, Amy held positions at the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) where she was Director of Climate, and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she was the Assistant Director for Climate Resilience and Information. She also spent a number of years at Google as the Senior Environment Program Manager. Amy started her career in Latin America as co-founder and the first executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), working with rural communities to enhance access to potable water.
She has published in both academic and the popular media on issues related to vulnerability to global environmental change, data, sustainability, climate policy, and science communication. A respected scientist and data innovator, Luers has been recognised as a PopTech fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, Heinz Environmental Scholar, and has advised the California state government, the White House, and the United Nations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the National Academies of Sciences. Luers holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, from Stanford University; a B.S. and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Humboldt State University; and a B.A. in philosophy from Middlebury College.

Ms. Jane Nyakang’o
President of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Ms. Jane Nyakang’o

President of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production

Dr. Jane Nyakang’o. President of African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP). Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre. Has a PhD in Environmental Policy, Masters in Environmental Science and Technology, and Bachelors degree in Chemistry. Extensively trained in green and circular economy, resource efficiency and cleaner production.

Over the last eighteen years, provided business consultancy services in the advising and supporting organisations in areas of resource efficiency, eco-innovation, including training. Also, supporting Governments in policy review and development anchored on sustainable consumption and production. As ARSCP, building capacity and providing a platform for African countries to dialogue, take stalk of the progress made and new strategies for implementing sustainable consumption and production.

Ms. Nur H. Rahayu
Director of Forestry and Conservation of Water Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
Ms. Nur H. Rahayu

Director of Forestry and Conservation of Water Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Statements
Statements
Mr. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Ms. Radia sedaoui, Chief of Energy Section on behalf of UNESCWA
Presentations
Mr. Elliot Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, UN DESA
Ms. Jane Nyakang’o, President of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
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