United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Germany

Mr. Chair, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Germany associates itself with the statement delivered by the European
Commission on behalf of the EU and its 27 member states.
In 1992, Agenda 21 urged us to consider the concepts of economic growth
prevalent at that time. Ten years later, the Johannesburg Plan of
Implementation called for the formulation of a 10-year framework of
programmes to be accelerated. This lead to the foundation of the Marrakech
Process in 2003. The activities of this process ? in particular the ones of the
regional organisations and the task forces ? achieved a lot of good results and
provided constructive preparatory work for the development of a 10YFP.
Germany itself has gained valuable experience as leader of the Task Force
'Cooperation with Africa' working with the African colleagues on SCP.
A lot has been achieved on sustainable production and consumption patterns.
Nevertheless, our progress has not been sufficient also because of the lack of
strong political commitment.
The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and
Production (10 YFP) offers the opportunity to decide on a vision on and a
structure for SCP. We need a clear political commitment at the highest level
here at the CSD 19. It is important to significantly scale up the work in this area
at national, regional and international levels.
The 10 YFP should entail a clear political message concerning the importance
of SCP also in other contexts such as climate change mitigation and the
implementation of the MEAs. It should have a clear structure, de scribe
financing options and define key programme areas. It should have broad
participation and include stakeholders, and it should be practical and feasible.
A well functioning organisational structure for the 10 YFP should be decided at
this CSD.

An efficient organizational structure is a prerequisite for steering this process.
This structure should include a Secretariat based in UNEP, provide for
cooperation and coordination with other UN-entities working in SCP relevant
areas, and a steering body including representatives from the various regions,
and stakeholders like the advisory board of the Marrakech Process.
National focal points should be esta blished to create a practical working
structure for 10 YFP.
The 10 YFP should provide for closer cooperation among all relevant
stakeholders. It is not the task of governments alone to implement the 10 YFP.
Industry, trade as well as NGOs, local communities, youth and women are key
to making consumption more sustainable. To this end we need new
cooperation formats, for example a global alliance between policymakers and
industry on sustainable consumption and production patterns.
We believe that the decision of CSD 19 on the 10 YFP will be a milestone on the
road to Rio 2012.
In the context of the preparations for Rio 2012 the EU is calling for the adoption
of a UN Green Economy Roadmap which clarifies and encourages the
measures that need to be taken at national and international level in order to
pave the way for a green economy. It should include timelines, benchmarks,
indicators, and a monitoring system. Based on national political leadership
country specific tailor-made support should be offered to assist interested
countries on their path to a green and low carbon economy. In this regard
establishing SCP is a key element.
If we accelerate our transition to a green and low carbon economy now, this
will pay off for all of us. Markets, production processes and channels of trade
are becoming increasingly global. As a consequence, there is a growing need
to find ways for a stronger globalisation of processes regarding the
establishment of standards and consumer information. An exchange of
information on and cooperation among various labelling systems could be a
specific multi-stakeholder task of a 10 YFP.

Germany supports the implementation of a programme to label sustainable
products, to determine footprints and for communication. We are willing to
share the experience we have gained in the Task Force on Cooperation with
Africa and from the project on developing a sustainability label for Africa.
Germany will remain committed to SCP and continue the support of activities
also under the 10 YFP.
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