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

Policy Report
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This report looks at national policies and initiatives related to sustainable consumption and production in Asia, without pretending to offer an exhaustive inventory of such policies and initiatives. It was developed based on literature review, integrating information collected through key regional projects such as SWITCH Asia and SwitchMed. The report is also based on the results of a pilot survey conducted end of 2015 by UN Environment, serving as Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes, to which only 7 countries from Asia (including Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand for the Asia-Pacific region, and Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates for West Asia) responded. In this context, the report provides: 1) key elements of the Asian region’s socio-economic and environmental profile, which sets the scene; 2) an introduction to regional frameworks and networks promoting more sustainable consumption and production patterns; as well as 3) an initial review of relevant national policy frameworks and instruments. The report has two objectives: understanding ongoing efforts to create the conditions for an economy of sustainable development, and 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 SDGs. This report also presents several case studies from Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, as well as a country success story from Malaysia, as inspiring examples of government-led initiatives for sustainable consumption and production.