Shaping the economy of sustainable development: An overview of policies and initiatives supporting the shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns in Africa

Policy Report
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This report presents an overview of policies and initiatives related to sustainable consumption and production advanced by the governments of the African region. Although not pretending to present an exhaustive overview, the report was developed based on a broad literature review, including key reports produced by the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Furthermore, it builds on the results of a pilot survey conducted end of 2015 by UN Environment serving as Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, to which nine African countries participated. The report provides key elements of the African region’s socio-economic and environmental profile, which sets the scene, an introduction to regional frameworks and networks promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns across Africa, as well as an initial review of relevant national policy frameworks and instruments, with two objectives: 1) understanding on-going efforts to create the conditions for an economy of sustainable development, and 2) laying the foundations for a baseline that can serve as a starting point to track progress on sustainable consumption and
production policies in the region, in the context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This report also presents several case studies from Zambia, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, as well as a country success story from Mauritius, as inspiring examples of government-led initiatives.