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

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services

1994 Vienna Austria T g

UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

COFFI 1947 Geneva Switzerland E gt

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe

UNESDA 1959 Brussels Belgium E

UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment

Cape Town convention 2001 Rome Italy T g

Union des fabricants pour la protection internationale de la propriété industrielle et artistique

UF 1872 Paris France N t

Union Europäischer Gerüstbaubetriebe

UEG 2008 Cologne Germany D

Union Européenne de l'Industrie des Lubrifiants

UEIL 1963 Brussels Belgium D t

Union européenne des vétérinaires praticiens

UEVP 1970 Brussels Belgium D

Union européenne pour la promotion des formations techniques dans les métiers de l'hôtellerie

UNATECH 1978 Auxerre France D v

UNION FLEURS

1959 Brussels Belgium D

Union for the International Classification for Industrial Designs

Locarno Union 1971 Geneva Switzerland F gt

Union for the International Deposit of Industrial Designs

The Hague Union 1925 Geneva Switzerland F gt

Union internationale des techniciens de l'industrie de la chaussure

UITIC 1974 C t

Union internationale pour la protection des obtentions végétales

UPOV 1961 Geneva Switzerland F gy

Union of Arab Chambers

UAC 1951 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Black Sea and Caspian Business

BCB 2006 Istanbul Türkiye D

Union of European Federation of Corporate Football

UEFCO J

Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises

BUSINESSMED 2002 Tunis Tunisia D

Union of Organizations of manufacturers of Pasta Products of the EU

1960 Rome Italy E

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels Belgium D t

Unistock Europe

1969 Brussels Belgium E

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

UN/CEFACT 1997 Geneva Switzerland E gt

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

1968 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

1980 Vienna Austria T g

United Nations Convention on International Bills of Exchange and International Promissory Notes

1988 Vienna Austria T g

United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade

1991 Vienna Austria T g

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

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 Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations Global Compact

2000 New York NY USA F y

United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names

UNGEGN 1959 New York NY USA E g

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 Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC 1997 Vienna Austria E g

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

UNRIC 2004 Brussels Belgium 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

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