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

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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 Latin American and Caribbean region. Although not pretending to present an exhaustive overview, the report was developed based on extensive literature review as well as on the results of a pilot survey conducted by UN Environment, serving as Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes, end of 2015, to which 12 Latin American and the Caribbean countries responded. The report provides key elements of the Latin American and Caribbean region’s socioeconomic and environmental profile, which sets the scene, an introduction to regional frameworks and networks promoting more sustainable consumption and production patterns across Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as an initial review of relevant national policy frameworks and instruments, with 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 context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This report also present several case studies from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as a country success story from Brazil, as inspiring examples of government-led initiatives for sustainable consumption and production.