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


2008 J v

Unity of Nations Action for Climate Change Council

UNAccc 2021 Vadodara India G

Universal Movement for Scientific Responsibility

UMSR 1974 Paris France F

Universal Peace and Violence Amelioration Centre

UPVAC 2015 Jos Nigeria G

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 of the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi Finland D

University Research Corporation International

URCI College Park MD USA G

UPEI - The voice of Europe's independent fuel suppliers

1962 Brussels Belgium D

Urban Climate Resilient Infrastructure & Strategic Planning

UCRISP San Francisco CA 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

Verdens Skove

1983 Aarhus Denmark G

Vereinigung Europäischer Verbände des Kachelofenbauer/Hafner-Handwerks

VEUKO 2003 Vienna Austria E t


2005 Washington DC USA F

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


2011 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

Water Europe

WE 2004 Brussels Belgium E y

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 Czechia 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

West African Union of Tax Institutes

WAUTI Abuja Nigeria D

West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers' Association Inc

WIRSPA St Michael Barbados D

West-Nordic Foundation

1987 Reykjavik Iceland F fg

Western Business and Management Association

WBM 2002 Turlock CA USA N

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B


Brussels Belgium D