Shaping the economy of sustainable development: North American Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies and Initiatives: A Review

Policy Report
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The North American region consists of the United States of America and Canada, two geographically large countries with populations, industries, and environmental concerns that are both diverse and deeply integrated. This report presents an overview of policies and initiatives related to sustainable consumption and production advanced by the governments of the U.S. and Canada, as well as regional policy actions undertaken across the North American region. It was developed based on extensive literature review and in close consultation with the governments of the United States of America and Canada. It takes stock of policy frameworks and instruments conducive to sustainable consumption and production at both regional and national levels. The report provides key elements of North America’s socio-economic and environmental profile and introduces regional frameworks and networks that are promoting more sustainable consumption and production patterns across the region. There is an initial review of relevant national policy frameworks and instruments, with two objectives: 1) building understanding about ongoing efforts to create the conditions for advancing sustainable development and the economy of sustainable development specifically, and 2) establishing a baseline to track progress on sustainable consumption and production policies in North America in the context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.