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The Fifth African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP-5)
Organized by
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

In collaboration with
The African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN); and The African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP)

Supported by
The Marrakech Taskforce on Cooperation with Africa
3 June 2007
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


The background

The Regional Roundtables on Sustainable Consumption and Production are forums that are promoted and supported by UNEP to facilitate information exchange and experience sharing amongst the increasing number of institutions and practitioners that are engaged in the promotion of sustainable consumption and production. The African Roundtable has been one of such regional forums that have been supported by UNEP. Accordingly, in August 2000, UNEP organised the First African Roundtable on Cleaner Production and Consumption in Nairobi, Kenya. The Second African Roundtable on Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption was organised by the Cleaner Production Centre of Tanzania (CPCT) in collaboration with UNEP and was held in January 2002, in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Third African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP-3) was held in May 2004 in Casablanca, Morocco and led to the establishment of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production as a not-for-profit regional networking organization (www.arscp.org) and identified thematic areas and priority activities for the African 10 Year Framework Programme (10-YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). The Fourth African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP-4), that was held in May 2006, was jointly organized by UNEP and the Secretariat of the ARSCP and was hosted by the Ethiopian Cleaner Production Center (ECPC). The African 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which was approved in March 2005 by AMCEN, was launched during a high-level launch session that was held in conjunction with ARSCP-4 and was jointly organized by the African Union (AU), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and UNEP.

The thematic focus of the ARSCP-4 was the 'Implementation of the African 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production'. ARSCP-4 was opened by His Excellency Girma Wolde Ghiorgis, President of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and was attended by more than 80 participants from 32 countries. The Roundtable consisted of four plenary sessions, four parallel thematic sessions and four regional working group sessions. A total of 28 presentations were made during the plenary and parallel thematic sessions covering different topics related to SCP. Participants of the Roundtable held working group session aimed at identifying the key priority areas and actions that need to be taken in further developing and implementing the African 10YFP. Accordingly, ARSCP-4 identified the following five areas for follow-up activities.
  • Efficient water utilization and services
  • Labelling of African products to regional and international markets
  • Promotion of integrated solid waste management
  • Production and use of biofuels
  • Information and knowledge management for SCP
Based on the outcome from ARSCP-4, UNEP in collaboration with the Marrakech taskforce on Cooperation with Africa and other regional partners developed a project on supporting the implementation of the African 10 Year Framework Programme on SCP. The ARSCP-5 is expected to review the lessons from the follow-up implementations and lay down the basis for subsequent activities including the regional preparation for CSD 18 & 19 which will be focussing on sustainable consumption and production.

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