Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Responsible Consumption & Production

Goal 12 is about ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, which is key to sustain the livelihoods of current and future generations.

Our planet is running out of resources, but populations are continuing to grow. If the global population reaches 9.8 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets will be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

We need to change our consumption habits, and shifting our energy supplies to more sustainable ones are one of the main changes we must make if we are going to reduce our consumption levels. However, global crises triggered a resurgence in fossil fuel subsidies, nearly doubling from 2020 to 2021.

We are seeing promising changes in industries, including the trend towards sustainability reporting being on the rise, almost tripling the amount of published sustainability over just a few years, showing increased levels of commitment and awareness that sustainability should be at the core of business practices.

Food waste is another sign of over consumption, and tackling food loss is urgent and requires dedicated policies, informed by data, as well as investments in technologies, infrastructure, education and monitoring. A staggering 931 million tons of food is wasted a year, despite a huge number of the global population going hungry.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

African and Caribbean Diversity

ACD 1990 London UK G

African Association for a Unified System of Business Laws

UNIDA Paris France D

African Bird Club

ABC 1994 Cambridge UK F

African Business Law Firms Association


African Business Roundtable

ABR 1990 Abuja Nigeria F

African Centre for Fertilizer Development

ACFD 1987 Harare Zimbabwe E g

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA 2013 Pretoria South Africa D y

African Conservation Centre

ACC Nairobi Kenya G

African Conservation Foundation

ACF 1999 London UK G f

African Conservation Tillage Network

ACT 1999 Nairobi Kenya F

African Conservation Trust

ACT 2000 Pietermaritzburg South Africa G

African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1968 T g

African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation

ACTIF 2005 Nairobi Kenya D t

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

African Enterprise

AE 1962 Nairobi Kenya N

African Export-Import Bank

Afreximbank 1993 Cairo Egypt F g

African Industrial Development Fund

AIDF Addis Ababa Ethiopia J fgt

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship

AICC 2001 Lilongwe Malawi G j

African Laboratory for Natural Products

ALNAP 1997 Addis Ababa Ethiopia F

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Management Services Company

AMSCO 1989 Johannesburg South Africa F egy

African Organisation for Standardisation

ARSO 1977 Nairobi Kenya E g

African Petroleum Producers's Organization

APPO 1987 Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville D g

African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

AVCA London UK D y

African Rainforest Conservancy

ARC 1991 New York NY USA G

African Regional Centre of Technology

ARCT 1977 Dakar Senegal E g

African Reinsurance Corporation

AFRICA RE 1976 Lagos Nigeria F egy

African Road Maintenance Funds Association

ARMFA 2003 Addis Ababa Ethiopia D

African Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production

ARSCP 2004 Nairobi Kenya F

African Tax Research Network

ATRN Pretoria South Africa F

African Venture Philanthropy Alliance


AfriCaribe Microenterprise Network

AMEN 1997 Philadelphia PA USA G

AfriMAB Network

1996 Paris France F

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance

AOCA 2003 Fish Hoek South Africa G

Agence de l'eau Rhin-Meuse

1964 Moulins-lès-Metz France G g

Agence française pour le développement international des entreprises

Paris France G

Agile Business Consortium

1994 Ashford UK G

Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora

1964 T g

Agreement between the Central African States Concerning the Creation of a Special Fund for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g

Agreement between the Governments of the Benelux Countries and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the Abolition of the Obligation to Obtain a Visa

1992 T g

Agreement between the Member States of the Council of Europe on the Issue to Military and Civilian War-disabled of an International Book of Vouchers for the Repair of Prosthetic and Orthopaedic Appliances

1962 Strasbourg France T g

Agreement Concerning Reciprocal Assistance in the Collection of Taxes

1952 T g

Agreement concerning the Adoption of Harmonized Technical United Nations Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be Fitted and/or be Used on Wheeled Vehicles and the Conditions for Reciprocal Recognition of Approvals Granted on the Basis of these United Nations Regulations

1958 T g

Agreement Concerning the Establishing of Global Technical Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts Which Can be Fitted And/or be Used on Wheeled Vehicles

1998 T g

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve and Develop the Monumental Site of Mohenjodaro

1980 T g

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve Borobudur

1973 T g

Agreement for Cooperation and Consultation between the Central African States for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g

Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and for the Encouragement of International Trade and Investment

1973 T g

Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

1995 T g

Agreement for the Promotion of Commercial Exchanges

1937 T g