United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Italy

Delivered by Mr. Paolo Soprano ? Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea
Mr Chairman, distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Italy associates itself with the statement made by the European Union on behalf of its Member
States and would like to further highlight some specific issues.
Mr Chairman, the current multiple crisis must be interpreted as a clear message indicating the need
to take action now and to reconsider our development patterns with particular regards to the way we
produce and we consume.
Promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns is becoming a global concern. Current
consumption patterns, in particular in developed countries, are the main cause of the increasing
deterioration of our earth?s environment. At the same time, a large part of the world population
cannot even be classified as «consumers» and fights day after day to simply survive.
We believe that CSD18 and CSD19 represents a unique opportunity to discuss and define a
common global strategic framework to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns.
The 10YFP should build upon the wide range of experiences and the challenging innovative
approaches to SCP developed under the Marrakech Process and on the various national and regional
initiatives that we have been hearing about during the Regional Implementation Meetings last year
and now here in New York.
Mr. Chairman, we are convinced of the need to focus our attention on both the demand and supply
side of SCP identifying appropriate policies, measures and actions. While production processes are
being dealt with, the issue of sustainable consumption needs to be further addressed. Providing
tools for change is the responsibility of governments, regulatory institutions, NGOs and businesses.
However, the role of the global consumer/citizen is essential in providing further stimulus for more
sustainable production processes, in reducing the rebound effect and in pushing main actors to take
action, more quickly and for the better.
To this extent we would ask the Secretariat how they intend to move forward and how they will
allow Member States to discuss and further define the elements for the 10 Year Framework of
Programmes.
To curb present consumption patterns, there is the need to empower people by increasing
awareness, providing access to appropriate knowledge, building individual mindsets so as to allow
people to be active for changes towards sustainability. Such cultural and social changes should be
enhanced showing the risks of business-as-usual scenarios for society now and in the future.
Within the Marrakech process, Italy is chairing a TF on ?Education for Sustainable Consumption?,
focused on introducing sustainable consumption and production issues into formal curricula through
the identification of formal education tools and strategies, the identification of competences and
skills at all levels (education, training process, decision making), and by encouraging measures to
ensure the effectiveness of national/regional policies.
As an input to the 10YFP, the main outcome of the TF is the document ?Here and Now! Education
for Sustainable Consumption?, a collection of guidelines and recommendations to introduce
sustainable consumption into formal learning processes, developed in cooperation with UNEP,
UNESCO and the Hedmark University College in Norway.
?Here and Now!? urgently calls upon policy makers and educational authorities around the world to
honour the commitments already made during the series of United Nations conferences and
declarations, and to give education the necessary means to fulfil its role in achieving a sustainable
future.
?Here and Now!? contains descriptions and definitions of ESC as well as guidelines for an ESC
core curriculum and numerous examples of how various countries have dealt with ESC are also
provided.
Finally Mr. Chairperson, 2010 is, indeed, an important year for all of us working and committed to
realize concrete actions towards the fulfilment of the JPOI recommendations on SCP. We are
convinced that the efforts made in these years, which have been considered at the regional level,
will represent a strong contribution at the global level to the debate and definition of a common
10YFP.
Thank you.
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