An Outcome from Rio+20 on Sustainable Buildings

As written at UNEP-SBCI Newsletter August,2012

Some consider outcomes from the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development to be a disappointment. The outlook for sustainable buildings and construction however, is in fact quite optimistic. Within the approved outcome document, Member States adopted the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production. The 10YFP is a global framework designed to strengthen and coordinate international cooperation and support regional and national initiatives that accelerate a shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). It involves, and will benefit, all countries with developed countries taking the lead. The framework will encourage innovation and cooperation among all stakeholders: governments, businesses, civil society, researchers, UN agencies and financial institutions, among others.

The framework is meant to provide financial and technical assistance and capacity building to developing countries to support the implementation of policies, voluntary measures, management practices and consumer information tools which promote and enable the adoption of sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

The 10YFP will start with an initial list of five programs:

  • Consumer information;
  • Sustainable lifestyles and education;
  • Sustainable public procurement;
  • Sustainable buildings and construction (SBC);
  • Sustainable tourism, including ecotourism.

Over the last two years, the UNEP-SBCI Secretariat has helped develop the sustainable buildings and construction program outline and we are pleased to see it included in the adopted 10YFP.  Looking forward, we expect numerous opportunities to implement the 10YFP through programs and partnerships at the national level, with the support and participation of our UNEP-SBCI partners.

Having the 10YFP adopted is a great achievement and in part thanks to the work done by UNEP-SBCI and the Marrakech Task Force on SBC.  It is obvious that current and future UNEP-SBCI activities and outcomes will provide great support and substantial contribution to the SBC program under the 10YFP.

More about what is 10YFP are able to be seen here