United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Distinguished Chair,
Permit me to thank you for allowing me to present by delegation?s
views on this vital subject of Sustainable pattern of Consumption
and Production. May I also take this opportunity to complement
the Secretary General for the Report on SCP.
Mr. Chairman, we fully understand the importance of moving
towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production;
a proposition which is at the heart of our collective commitment to
sustainable development. We agree that individual governments
should be making efforts towards sustainable public procurement;
however this should be in conformity with their domestic policies.
We would also like to draw attention to para 50 of the Secretary
General?s Report on SCP wherein it has been said that the UN has
adopted a strategy to move towards sustainable management
systems, including its procurement needs, in all its programmes,
funds and specialized agencies.
We believe the UN greening process should be an ?example setting
process? and should not possibly result in handicaps for developing
countries that are part of the existing procurement system. An
adequate phasing out time should be provided to the developing
countries to adapt themselves to the changing requirements.
Mr. Chairman, the Secretary General?s Report states that
certification schemes have helped make progress on reducing
resource and pollution intensity of products and have had positive
social impacts in developing countries. We believe that while this
may be true in certain cases, the general feeling in many developing
countries is that there is a risk of such standards, which prima facie
appear to be voluntary in nature, of becoming barriers to trade.
The report also highlights the leadership of multinational
corporations in promoting sustainable production practices along
their global supply chains. To this, we would like suggest that
commensurate care ought to be taken that such policies of MNCs
do not come in conflict, in the context of equity, especially for
development of the small and medium enterprises in developing
Developing countries, including India, have been working towards
strengthening their internal enabling environment for sustaining
adequate levels of SCP investments. However, far more financial
resources and transfer of technologies are required to support
research and development and innovation in critical areas of SCP
action. Taking up initiatives for the development of clean energy
alternatives like the solar option and low polluting cost effective
technologies for the SSI sector would be steps in the right direction.
Thank you.