Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Responsible Consumption & Production


Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

At the current time, material consumption of natural resources is increasing, particularly within Eastern Asia. Countries are also continuing to address challenges regarding air, water and soil pollution.

Since sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life. There also needs to be significant focus on operating on supply chain, involving everyone from producer to final consumer. This includes educating consumers on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing them with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.

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

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations Global Compact

2000 New York NY USA F y

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNIDO 1967 Vienna Austria B g

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gj

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA 1949 Amman Jordan E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Networks of International Corporate Events Organizers

UNICEO Geneva Switzerland J

UnitedSuccess

2008 J v

Universal Movement for Scientific Responsibility

UMSR 1974 Paris France F

Universal Union for Consumer Protection and Civil Abuse

UNUCOPCA 2003 Buea Cameroon G

Universala Medicina Esperanto-Asocio

UMEA 1908 Trier Germany C v

University for Peace

UPEACE 1980 San José Costa Rica F g

University Industry Innovation Network

UIIN 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

University of International Business and Economics

UIBE 1951 Beijing China G

University of Peace, Namur

1960 Namur Belgium G

University Research Corporation International

URCI College Park MD USA G

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

US-ASEAN Business Council

1983 Washington DC USA G

Vaccines Europe

VE 1991 Brussels Belgium E

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection

1930 Leiden Netherlands G f

VAT Forum

Grimbergen Belgium F

Vereinigung Europäischer Verbände des Kachelofenbauer/Hafner-Handwerks

VEUKO 2003 Vienna Austria E t

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

VSF International 1989 Brussels Belgium F

Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage

1963 T g

Viking NonStop User Group

VNUG Stockholm Sweden E

Village Enterprise

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f

VinylPlus

Brussels Belgium F y

Virtus Global Center for Corporate Governance

2014 Sumy Ukraine G

VMware User Group

VMUG 2010 Franklin TN USA C

Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies

Wassenaar Arrangement 1996 Vienna Austria F g

Waste Free Oceans

WFO Brussels Belgium F

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK G

We Mean Business

Washington DC USA J y

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G

WEEELABEX Organisation

2013 Prague Czech Rep E

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West African Industrial Forum

S ct

West African Insurance Companies Association

WAICA 1973 Accra Ghana D g

West African Network of Farmers' Organizations and Agricultural Producers

2000 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F

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