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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Mr Chairman,

I speak on behalf of EU and its 27 Member States.

CSD19 has to face the challenge to respond to the request formulated in the outcome of the Johannesburg Summit of 2002 to establish, a 10 Year Framework of Programmes on sustainable consumption and production.

The EU sees the establishment and adoption of the 10YFP for the period 2011-21 as a significant response to the global challenge of sustainable production and consumption patterns and the way to move quickly towards the identification and implementation of concrete SCP programs providing a milestone contribution towards the objectives of Rio2012.

The constructive discussions we have on this subject show that we share a common vision of prosperity and human development within the carrying capacity of the planet. The EU is committed to strengthen its efforts on SCP in order to make a concrete step towards making this vision a reality. We should all cooperate to make use of this platform for the development of and implementation of initiatives on SCP at all levels. We hope that many countries around the world will join the efforts to implement the 10YFP as a concrete tool to help responding to various challenges on the way to more sustainable societies worldwide.

Implementing activities within the 10YFP will represents a global cross-cutting effort on the way towards the objectives of decoupling consumption and production from their negative impacts on human and environmental resources. The implementation of the 10YFP will also contribute to the implementation of a resource-efficient economy and other important global commitments (such as Cancun and Nagoya) and will provide valuable input to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the implementation of relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The implementation of such activities will also create new economic and market opportunities for all countries.

The added value of an SCP framework will also be to foster cooperation and networking among all stakeholders, in particular the private sector and will also promote activities in the context of Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility. The private sector should therefore be closely involved in the further development and implementation of the framework over the next decade.

It will also be of importance that the 10YFP uses the potential and the results of those entities, which represent the globally recognized scientific and policy knowledge base, such as the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management and International Panel on Climate Change as well as .the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

The scope of the 10YFP will contain two main types of programs, cross-sectoral and sectoral, and the life cycle perspective is an essential component of both of these. A key function of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes will also be to regularly review progress and reporting to relevant fora for sustainable development at the international level.

We feel that the 10YFP will need an efficient institutional structure that can give guidance and allows for the coming together of all stakeholders involved in the implementation of the framework and individual programs. Effective implementation will also require enhanced inter-agency collaboration and a governing body that includes representatives of the various regions and of relevant stakeholders, in particular from the private sector. A dedicated secretariat needs to service the structure; taking advantage of the experiences gained through the Marrakech Process, it should provide a coordinating function and facilitate regional networks and meetings on the monitoring of progress. The EU feels that UNEP would be best placed to serve as such a secretariat.

The implementation programmes on SCP cannot proceed in isolation of the general development of our economies; rather they need to take their place in the mainstreaming of our societies. We need to work on identifying and effectively accessing all relevant funding sources. Financial resources for the implementation of activities under the 10FYP will come from a. a number of sources. First and foremost SCP related programmes and initiatives should be mainstreamed into government programmes and existing cooperation activities and so benefit from related funding. We also need to make use of existing sources of relevant global public multilateral and bilateral funding to provide catalytic funding for the establishment and coordination of SCP programmes. If we are to be successful we also need to succeed in attracting the private sector (companies, banks etc.) to the 10YFP to be involved in developing, designing and implementing as well as giving support to programs inter alia through sustainable and responsible investments. We have examples for how all of this can be done and are looking in particular to the experiences of the Marrakech Process and SAICM.

Mr Chairman,

In conclusion I would like to express our determination to contribute to a successful work of CSD19 in this regard as we have to live up the challenge, for all countries, to establish, endorse and express high political support for a 10 Year Framework of Programmes.

We must now ensure and build on the achievements made till today. Finishing this by the end of the week will make us contribute not only to enhancing sustainable production and consumption at global level, but we will also lay down an important milestone on the road to Rio+20 and beyond.


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