ASEAN+3 Programmes Address Sustainable Consumption and Production in the 2030 Development Agenda

  • 2015•11•27     Kuala Lumpur

    The 8th ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme (LP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) was held back-to-back with the SWITCH-Asia Workshop on ASEAN and SCP Governance in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development from 20 to 23 October 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both the LP and the workshop were geared towards the understanding and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were recently adopted by UN member states.

    The LP is a regional platform, which brings together policymakers and stakeholders from the ASEAN+3 countries to promote the development and implementation of SCP policies. For this year’s LP, government officials from the ASEAN countries of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as China—one of the +3 dialogue partner countries—participated. The prominent participation of inter-ministerial delegations also indicated the cross-cutting nature of SCP in national governance.

    LP participants discussed issues critical for expanding SCP systems in the region, with particular focus placed on policy and decision-making tools to finance and support SCP among small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME), which constitute a significant part of the economy in the region. Proposed policy instruments included SME capacity development, green financing, innovative investment schemes, sustainable public procurement and integrated policy measures for SCP that can ensure transformative contribution to competitiveness, job creation and economic development in the region. The LP also focused on areas that can achieve transformative change in the region within the context of the 2030 Development Agenda, including energy, green growth, inclusive and sustainable SCP, tourism, and industrialization.

    The workshop was supported by the SWITCH-Asia Programme, which was launched in 2008 by the European Commission to encourage sustainable growth with low environmental impact among industries and consumers. The workshop’s main focus was governance in the area of SCP within the ASEAN+3 policy context and in line with the 2030 Development Agenda including the SDGs. Current SCP projects in the ASEAN+3 countries were introduced to encourage harmonization and policy action in the region.

    Both the Leadership Programme and the SWITCH-Asia Workshop were hosted by the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia in partnership with UNU-IAS, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as well as the ASEAN Secretariat in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

    For the full event report, please visit the ProSPER.Net website.