United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Mr. Chair and distinguished delegates
The Marrakech process has produced results not as a unitary, common effort but because
interested countries, assisted by UNEP and DESA, have hosted specific initiatives, and regions
like Africa that have developed a common framework.
Today, facing the grave consequences of resource depletion, we need to enter a new phase of
intensified global and regional cooperation. The ten year framework should hence aim at a
common vision and clear targets.
The goal of more sustainable consumption and production patterns must form part of a future
green economy. Hence, our deliberation on a ten year SCP framework must be closely linked to
the broader discussion of green economy in the Rio+20 process.
The measures presented should support and strengthen the principles of ecological efficiency
and the polluter pays principle.
Right pricing of ecosystem services are essential for promoting sustainable economies and
reducing the environmental impact of production and consumption. A green economy must
provide redused stress on the environment, while at the same time contribute to social
development and poverty reduction.
A combination of individual educated choices, together with regulations and other incentives
may lead to a more sustainable consumption level.
The development of more ecoefficient production patterns is crucial. Using less resources and
causing less damage throughout the entire supply chain may reduce costs to society. SCP can
also offer new business opportunities related to the establishment of green jobs and new
As an illustration, financial results for 2009 for companies registered on the Dow Jones
Sustainable Index show better results than the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index .
This is an important example of how fulfillment of sustainability criteria can make both
economic sense and contribute to a positive reputation.
Thank you Mr. Chairman