2008 Mtg Recommendations

Recommendations from the November 2008 Co-Chairs Summary of the North American Workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), Washington DC:

  • A wide spectrum of stakeholder groups has a deep interest in SCP – Action: Hold a follow-up meeting to determine specific SCP actions in North America
  • Lack of common understanding about SCP (and how best to apply SCP concepts in the North American context) constrains progress on sustainable development – Action: Create a regional SCP framework, and work towards a common language and understanding around the strategies for adopting SCP patterns
  • North America has a diverse mix of SCP activities underway, but these efforts tend to operate in isolation and suffer from lack of connection, joint learning and overall priorities – Action: Inventory and characterize current programs and activities and “communities of practice”; identify limited number of promising areas for additional SCP activity

  • The current world-wide economic situation creates opportunities to shift to more sustainable patterns of consumption and production – Action: Find opportunities to include SCP-oriented policies into government responses to the economic crisis

  • Some government programs at the Federal, state/province and local levels have adopted SCP-oriented policies, but a more coordinated approach between the US and Canada could accelerate progress – Action: Encourage deeper and more widespread adoption of the SCP approach throughout relevant government departments
  • Limited public understanding of SCP constrains mainstreaming of SCP thinking throughout society – Action: Develop an effective communications strategy by engaging experts in social marketing and cognitive psychology
  • North American experience and expertise can provide valuable contributions to the UN Marrakech Process – Action: The US and Canada should explore fuller engagement in existing SCP Task Forces and North American leadership on additional sustainability topics that address priority needs of developing countries